8 Killer Riffs That Make For Awesome Practice
What happens when you sit down to practice? What do you play, how do you get better, what is your routine? In this lesson we’ll be exploring a fun alternative to the typical scales and exercises many players burn out on.
Practice doesn’t need to be all boring patterns and techniques! In fact, all of the techniques you need to learn to play killer guitar riffs can be found in your favourite songs, so why not practice those? We’re going to be working through 8 famous and killer sounding guitar riffs from throughout history that you’ve certainly heard before. With these 8 riffs, you’ll learn a ton of different guitar techniques, and be able to follow your ear to help you play these easily recognizable songs.
So grab your guitar, download the free PDF, and get ready to rock through riffs by AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Idol, and more!
0:00 – Start
2:42 – Lesson Intro (get the tabs downloaded here!)
4:55 – Riff #1: “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
6:56 – Right Hand Muting Technique
8:06 – Playing Through The 2nd Section
8:31 – Riff #2: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N Roses
9:40 – Playing With Or Without Pinky Finger
10:10 – Working On The String Skip
11:20 – Riff #3: “Welcome to The Jungle” by Guns N Roses
12:23 – Descending The B Minor Pentatonic Scale
12:41 – Integrating The Open B String
13:29 – Riff #4: “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
15:18 – Side Note – Add Some Distortion and Chorus
15:30 – Riff #5: “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica
17:35 – Also Try This With Up Strokes
18:04 – Start Slow And Gradually Speed Up
18:45 – Riff #6: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
22:25 – Riff #7: “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
22:57 – Playing It Super Plain
23:28 – Spicing It Up With Slides And Vibrato
25:24 – Playing Through The 2nd Section
25:48 – Riff #8: “Miserlou” by Dick Dale
26:12 – A Side Note On Practicing Picking
26:54 – Coming Back To The Melody
29:10 – Closing Notes
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