Tablature is the best invention for guitarists since sliced bread. Well, sliced bread wasn’t invented for guitarists, and tab wasn’t just invented for guitar players. Tab has been around for a very long time and was created for string players in general, although these days it is most associated with guitar players. Tab is a system of notation for guitar players that shows fret numbers on lines representing the strings of the guitar. It’s simple and to the point — just what us guitar players like to see. We don’t like complexity getting in the way of our playing.
A guitar riff is a musical figure that repeats itself throughout a song and is typically the foundation of a song. Think he bass riff in Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” or the riff in the Rolling Stones tune “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” These are two classic, easy to identify riffs. You can see them in the examples below, one as a bass tab and the other as a guitar tab. Riffs can be single notes, double stops, or even full chords.
You can learn to play guitar riffs by ear or you can find guitar riff tabs online and learn how to play them that way. Guitar tab sites are everywhere and offer guitar tabs at no charge, making it easy for an aspiring rocker to learn his favorite licks and riffs.
Tablature is also an excellent way for guitarists to write their own songs. You can buy tab paper, find it online free, or even draw your own, then use it to create your own guitar riff tabs. Writing guitar riffs is a great way to not only write your own songs, but writing down exercises can help with your sight-reading skills and even help you develop a better knowledge of where notes are on the guitar in relation to where they are notated on tab paper. If you’re interested in learning to sight read tab, you can use this method to teach yourself.
Guitar riff tabs are a great resource for practicing, and by studying some of the most classic and popular riffs in different musical genres, you can actually widen your understanding and appreciation for how riffs are built and used to make a musical statement.
Do a quick search on the Internet and you’re likely to find more guitar riff tabs than you can ever get through. If you want to practice ear training, listen to a few of your favorite songs and try to write guitar riff tabs based around those