Watch the African Rain: 2 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from World Rock Guitar

African music is all about emotion; it's always heart felt. The intro melody on this track tells a story, so when crafting your own make sure to keep that in mind.

The sound of an African guitar has a lot to do with the quality of guitars imported to Africa, which often arrive with high action and can be difficult to play (hence the abrupt pull-offs and trills). We'll revisit the melody with octaves this time as a nod to the original melody but now with chords.