3 Fun & Easy Guitar Riffs By Deep Purple

Learn to play 3 fun and easy guitar riffs by Deep Purple with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the video instruction and you will be rockin’ these classic riffs tonight!

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Introduction

How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing this video lesson and today I want to show you how to play three cool riffs from Deep Purple.

Right now there’s a link down the description that you can click to download your free copy of a really cool and useful guitar chord chart from Guitar Control. It’s in PDF format so you can print it off. It’s very well organized and has every chord that you could ever need just at a glance, very useful and helpful tool and it’s free, just click the link down in the description.

So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at these.

Deep Purple Riff-1 – Burn

All right so the first one we’re going to take a look at is the riff from Burn. So for this one here there’s a couple of ways that could be played, I’m just going to show you the way that I do it. I’ve seen people do this where they use their thumb and if you’ve followed me for any time at all you know that me using my thumb is not really a good option. So what it is we’ve got the second fret of the low E string on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we barre the third fret of the D and the G string and we’re going to pick that and slide to the second fret… one and two, and then on the and of two we come back to the third fret of the low E string and then on the downbeat of three we’re going to come up and barre the fifth fret of the D and G string. That is a dotted quarter note so it’s all of beat three, the downbeat of four and then on the and of four we go back to the third fret of the low E string again… So the second measure is the same as the first except we were starting here barring the third fret of the D and G string sliding the second fret and then on the downbeat of two, that third fret of the low E string, and then back to the fifth fret again; and again it’s a dotted quarter note. So this is going to be the and of two, the downbeat of three and then on the downbeat of four and that’s a quarter and all of beat four or the third fret again. So those first two measures… and that’s like half of the riff. Then the third measure is the same as the first… and then the fourth measure we’re barring the third fret, slide to the second and then a pull-off and then end it by barring the third fret of the A and the D string and then the whole thing we just repeat…

Deep Purple Riff-2 – Stormbringer

All right so the next one we’re going to look at is the riff from Stormbringer. So this one is completely made up of 16th notes, except for the very last note of the riff, so we’re gonna start off here, it’s all just single notes, so we’re on the fifth fret of the D string with your first finger and then we’re gonna go to the seventh fret with your third finger on the A string. So it’s like one E &Uh and then starting on the downbeat of two we go to the fifth fret of the A string, two, and then bring our third finger to the seventh fret and let’s just keep our first finger here on the fifth fret… so it’s like two E & Uh, the open E string. Then the beat three is the same as beat two and so is beat four and that’s half of the riff… Now the second measure of the riff starts off the same as the first one did, the first two beats are the same and then this is where we change. Now we’ve got the fifth fret of the A string to the seventh fret of the low E string… so it’s your first finger and then your third finger and then your second finger on the sixth fret, first finger on the fifth… Then we’re going to shift down and play this fifth fret again, but now with your third finger and then ending on the third fret which is the only note out of this that’s not a sixteenth note, so it’s going to ring out longer… and then i would just repeat…

Deep Purple Riff-3 – Knocking At Your Back Door

All right then finally last we’re going to look at is Knocking At Your Back Door. This is a really cool example of a chord of melody that can be created by using dyads. I’ve done numerous lessons on stuff with dyad, so this is a really good example of that. So we start off by barring the seventh fret of the D and the G string with your second finger… And then the next chord is seventh fret of the D string, still with your second finger, but now the sixth fret of the G string with your first finger… So we go one, two… So we’re gonna come up and barre the ninth fret of the D and G string and then to this back to seven and the seven, six…and that’s the first measure. Then we’re going to go to the second measure when we hit this, it’s on the and of four, but it’s tied to the first beat of the second measure so that rings and then take your second finger and just barre it across the seventh fret of the A and the D string and then move it up to the ninth fret… Then first finger to the fifth fret and then all of this I’m just barring the A and the D string… So after we come out of the fifth fret then we’re going to come back up to the seventh fret and we’ve just got a like a ghost note hammer-on to the ninth, back to seven, to nine. Then that very last four, that’s like your pickup note to start over again, to the seventh fret… just like that.

Conclusion

All right so there you have it, three not too terribly difficult riffs from Deep Purple and none of them were Smoke On The Water, so yay! 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’ve 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 I all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.

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