Skip to main content

How to Play Pantera's "Cowboys from Hell" Intro

Ever wanted to give the iconic opening riff to Pantera's "Cowboys from Hell" a shot? Well, you're in luck!

In this classic "Quick Licks" video, former GW music editor Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the riff at full speed, before diving into more detail about its component parts.

Scharfglass demonstrates how the riff is based on an E minor blues scale, and how nailing that scale goes a long way to helping you perfect the riff itself.


Guitar World Staff

Since 1980, Guitar World has been the ultimate resource for guitarists. Whether you want to learn the techniques employed by your guitar heroes, read about their latest projects or simply need to know which guitar is the right one to buy, Guitar World is the place to look.