3 Fun & Easy Riffs By The Allman Brothers Band

Learn to play 3 fun and easy riffs by The Allman Brothers 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.

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Introduction

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 riffs for you from the Allman Brothers Band.

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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.

Allman Brothers Riff-1 – Melissa

All right so the first we’re going to look at is a riff from the song Melissa. So this is fairly easy, it looks intimidating when you look at the music because of the names of some of the chords, but it’s actually really easy; the name scary, but the chord itself is pretty simple. So the first chord we’ve got is just E major; so low E string is open and I’m on the second fret of the A string with my second finger in the second fret of the D string with my third finger and the first fret of the G string with my first finger and the B and high E strings are open… So we’ve got this kind of a strumming pattern throughout this and I’m going down down down up down up and then hitting the open low E string and that’s one measure and then that’s where we change chords and on the next chord it’s the same pattern…  Okay so our next chord is F sharp minor 11 over E (F#m11/E). So like I said that’s a scary sounding name, but it’s actually pretty simple. So all we’re gonna do is the note on the G string is only moving up one fret; so I just scoot the shape up so my first finger goes to the second fret and then i use my third finger to grab the fourth fret of the A string and my fourth finger to grab the fourth fret of the D string and the rest of the strings are open and it’s going to be the same strumming for that… Now we have an E major seven (EM7) and all we have to do is just take this shape and now move it up a whole step so now first finger is on the fourth fret of the G string third finger is on the sixth fret of the A string and fourth finger is on the sixth fret of the D string, same strumming and then just moves back down to the previous chord the F#m11/E and then it repeats. So we just start over again with the E…

Allman Brothers Riff-2 – Seven Turns

All right so the first we’re going to look at is a riff from the song Melissa. So this is fairly easy, it looks intimidating when you look at the music because of the names of some of the chords, but it’s actually really easy; the name scary, but the chord itself is pretty simple. So the first chord we’ve got is just E major; so low E string is open and I’m on the second fret of the A string with my second finger in the second fret of the D string with my third finger and the first fret of the G string with my first finger and the B and high E strings are open… So we’ve got this kind of a strumming pattern throughout this and I’m going down down down up down up and then hitting the open low E string and that’s one measure and then that’s where we change chords and on the next chord it’s the same pattern…  Okay so our next chord is F sharp minor 11 over E (F#m11/E). So like I said that’s a scary sounding name, but it’s actually pretty simple. So all we’re gonna do is the note on the G string is only moving up one fret; so I just scoot the shape up so my first finger goes to the second fret and then i use my third finger to grab the fourth fret of the A string and my fourth finger to grab the fourth fret of the D string and the rest of the strings are open and it’s going to be the same strumming for that… Now we have an E major seven (EM7) and all we have to do is just take this shape and now move it up a whole step so now first finger is on the fourth fret of the G string third finger is on the sixth fret of the A string and fourth finger is on the sixth fret of the D string, same strumming and then just moves back down to the previous chord the F#m11/E and then it repeats. So we just start over again with the E…

Allman Brothers Riff-3 – Whipping Post

All right then the last one we’re going to look at is the little intro riff from Whipping Post. So this one’s kind of weird because it’s actually an 11/8 time, so this riff is 11 eighth notes. All right so we start with the fifth fret and we’re gonna pick that and do a pull-off; so we go pick pull, so that’s like one and, and then we hammer back down to the five for two and then on the and of two pull-off… and we do that three times and then it just repeats. Well technically doesn’t repeat it just does that grouping of three, there’s three of them… And then on the very last two eighth notes is we go to the A string, fifth fret, third fret and then it just repeats…

Conclusion

All right so there we have it, three fairly easy fun riffs from the Allman Brothers Band. 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 and have a great day.


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