3 Fun & Easy Guitar Riffs by Kenny Loggins

Learn to play three fun and easy guitar riffs by Kenny Loggins 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 be rockin’ these classic Kenny Loggins riffs tonight!


How’s it going everybody this is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing this video lesson and today I’ve got three fun and easy riffs for you from Kenny Loggins.

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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.

Kenny Loggins Riff-1 – Danger Zone

All right, so the first one to look at is the riff from Danger Zone. So as far as playing it, it’s really easy, but it’s the chords that kind of really give this its sound. So we’ve got a, it’s like a D5, but it’s D5 over A (D5/a). so what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our first finger and we’re going to use it to pick up the fifth fret of the low e string and then we’re going to take our third finger and put it on the fifth fret, excuse me, the seventh fret of the d string and our fourth finger on the seventh fret of the g string… So it’s just like a super thick sounding chord and that’s the shape for all of this. So we start off here at the fifth fret and then we move up a whole step to the seventh and ninth fret… So this is like one and two and three and four and we’ve got those mute strums in there. Then starting on the second measure mute and then it’s like one and two and three… four… Okay and then the third measure is the same as the first measure. Then on the fourth measure, it’s like the third measure, we rest one and two and then for beat three we’re going to take the shape and move it all the way up so it’s at the 10th fret and 12th fret and we hit that 3, 4. And then measure five we come back to the fifth fret and it’s a whole note and measure six is a whole note tied to that and then the whole thing we just repeat…

Kenny Loggins Riff-2 – Footloose

All right, so next Kenny Loggins riff we’ll look at is the riff from Footloose. This is both the simplest riff from this and the most difficult at the same time. So it’s pretty simple, we’ve just got one note that we’re fretting on the third fret of the low E string and then the A string is open. So we hit this and we’re gonna do a bend. So it’s the timing on this that’s kind of weird. So we hit this; one, two and three and four… so that’s beat four. And then on the second measure one, just the A string open, and the and of one the E string open and then the bend, open A, back to the and again. So that’s like kind of where the riff recycles right there… So it’s kind of tricky. My advice would on this one would be is just practice, you know especially if you’re a beginner, just practice first… once you’ve got that down then it’s just a matter of getting the timing, which is just kind of weird… and then just practice it just slow and then put on the original song and try to play with it. Do it on YouTube so you can use the slow down feature… Once you get it where you can just kind of feel where it’s at it’s much easier than trying to count it. You just have that feel and you’ll be able to get through it all.

Kenny Loggins Riff-3 – Your Momma Don’t Dance

Right then the last Kenny Loggins riff to look at is the riff from your Mama Can’t Dance, or Your Mama Don’t Dance rather. So this when we start off we’ve just got a regular C5 chord here. So first finger on the third fret of the A string, third finger on the fifth fret of the D string and we hit this on one and then we rest on the down or excuse me on the and of one; so it’s like one and two. The downbeat of two is just a mute so what I do while I’m resting, because what’s going to come next, we’re going to need to be here at the fifth fret with our first finger. So if we go one and, and then so I’m moving up I can hit that mute then first finger on the fifth fret of the D string and second finger on the sixth fret of the A string and we’re going to pick that and then do a hammer-on from the sixth to the seventh fret on the A string with your third finger… And then barring the fifth fret of the D and G string and we do a hammer-on to the seventh fret of the D string and then slide down a half step mute and then that kind is what gets us started on the whole main riff; so you got the… Now starting on the second measure we have one and two and three and four yell-ow and then that measure repeats…


All right, so there you have it, three fun and easy riffs from Kenny Loggins. 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 is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching 3 fun and easy Kenny Loggins riffs and have a great day.

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