Learn to play 3 fun and easy beginner guitar riffs by Blackfoot with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction and you will rockin these classic Blackfoot riffs tonight!
How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I’ve got three fun and easy beginner guitar riffs from Blackfoot.
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Blackfoot Riff-1 – Highway Song
All right so the first we’re going to look at is Highway Song. So for this we start off we’ve got an E minor seven (Em7), but we’re not playing all of the notes, it’s not like completely full voice. So we’re on the second fret of the D string and the third fret of the B string and I’m using my first finger here on the second fret of the D string and then my third finger is here on the third fret of the B string. So we play the open low E string and that’s a quarter note; so we’ve got one and then on the downbeat of two we play the D string, the and of two is the G string, the downbeat of three is the high E string, the and of three is the B string, the downbeat of four is the G string and the and… that’s our first measure. Now the second measure we’re going to start off with a C5 power chord; so it’s third fret of the A string with my first finger and then the fifth fret of the D string with my third finger. Now we slide into that from the second fret… it’s a like a slide from nowhere. So we slide into that and then we pick up; and I forgot to say this when we did this D5 or this C5 that we also need to have our pinky on the fifth fret of the G string. So we hit… it’s like one and on the and of one we pick the G string and then on the downbeat of four, excuse me the downbeat of two, we hit the D string; so it’s like… then we play the third fret here of the A string again, so we slide the whole shape up a whole step so it’s D5… So we slide up to the five D string, G string, D string on the and of four and then it just repeats…
Blackfoot Riff-2 – Train Train
All right next we’re going to look at the riff from Train Train. So this is pretty easy to play, it’s kind of a really cool sounding riff. So the first thing we want to do is we’re going to take our first finger and we’re going to barre it on the second fret across the A and the D string because we’re going to be doing this E5 shape; so you just keep your finger there. Now you’re going to start off with the low E string open, one e, so it’s like an eighth note and then two sixteenth notes and then on the downbeat of two we’re going to take our second finger and go to the third fret on the low E string and then we pull that off to the open string and hammer it back down… and then that E5… And then we have three open E strings, low E strings as 16th notes… and then on the downbeat of four third fret of the low E string and the and of four is the second fret and then the whole thing just repeats…
Blackfoot Riff-3 – Wishing Well
All right and then the last we’re going to look at is a riff from Wishing Well, this one’s really, really, really easy. So we’re going to start off we’re on the second fret of the D string with my first finger and this is eighth notes; so we’ve got one and then on the and of one the D string open… one and the downbeat of two is the second fret of the A string two and then on the and of two we’re just going to take our first finger and move it up so now we’re starting we’re gonna do an A5. So our first finger is just gonna pick up the second fret of the D string and the G string and the A string is open… Now we hit that on the and of two, but it’s tied to a half note so it takes it takes care of beats three and four; one and two and three four… so that’s our first measure… Now the second measure we’re going to do basically the same thing where we’re going to move it down a set of strings. So now we start on the second fret of the A string, one, then on the and of one open, and then this time we’re going to go to the third fret of the low E string with my second finger so we have an E5; so it’s just like the one in Train Train. So we’re gonna first fingers gonna barre the second fret of the A and the D string and we’re going to play the low E string open this time; so the third measure is the same as the first… and the fourth measure is a G as a whole note. So the whole thing…
All right so there you have it, three easy beginner riffs from Blackfoot. So if you like this lesson be sure to give me a thumbs up and leave a comment down below if you have any questions about this or other guitar related topics. If you have not already done so please subscribe to the channel and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the content that we upload throughout the week. Well that is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.