Learn to play three more fun and easy riffs from the 1970s 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 70s riffs tonight!
How’s it going everybody this is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I’ve got volume four of fun and easy riffs from the 1970s.
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1970s Riff-1 – It’s So Easy – Linda Ronstadt
All right so this time these, especially the first two anyway are more kind of a melody base than a riff base. So much so this first one to look at here is like the intro melody for It’s So Easy by Linda Ronstadt. So we’re gonna start off, we’re gonna do a slide from nowhere to the sixth fret of the D string with your third finger. So for those of you who don’t know what I mean by a slide from nowhere let’s say it was it said on the tab it said show the fourth fret and then it shows sliding to the sixth fret; so you pick the fourth fret and then slide up. But in this case what we’re going to do is we’re going to pick and slide simultaneously… so that’s beat one and then on the downbeat of two we pick that again and then slide down to the fourth fret two and, and then beat three is the second fret of the A string… then on beat four we do us we do the slide from nowhere again, back up to the sixth fret and on the and of four we go to the fourth fret and that’s the first measure… Okay then starting on the second measure we’re going to shift our hand position down so now our first finger is on the second fret of the D string one and then on the and of one fourth fret of the A string the downbeat of two we’re back to the second fret of the D string… then we do a slide, but it’s like it’s done the same way as the slide from nowhere is that we pick and slide simultaneous. So we hit that on the and of two and then it’s tied to beat three then we go to the second fret of the A string and we’re gonna do a slide from the second fret to the fourth fret again. So it’s like the slurred slide there, like slide from nowhere and then back to the second fret of the D string again for the and of four… Now on the third measure slide from nowhere back to the sixth fret on the D string so that’s one and, and then on beat two fourth fret quarter note and then we’re going to move down to the second fret three and on the and of three the second fret of the A string. So how I do it is with my first finger just kind of roll it down to pick up the A string then we’re going to do the slide from nowhere, let’s just start starting here on the second fret to the fourth fret on the A string. And then the and of four second fret of the D string and then on the fourth measure we’re going to keep our first finger there and then we’re going to take our third finger and put it onto the fourth fret; I’ve also got my second finger on the third fret because we’re going to bend and just you know you get a little more leverage this way it’s a full step bend one, two and, three and, four and. So the fourth fret of the low E to the second fret open; so that’s like the little intro right before the vocals start.
1970s Riff-2 – Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
All right so the next we’re going to look at is the very first little beginning melody of Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye. So this is done with the wah and it’s just a few notes. So if you don’t have a wah you can still play it without it. I’m not a real, you know great wah player. I don’t use it a whole lot. So I’m just kind of just kind of guess it as I go along with it. So we start off we’re on the 11th fret of the B string with your first finger and this first measure is just is just a two bar. Then this is a three quarter notes as a triplet, so it’s like really kind of weird, but it’s just a one two three kind of spacing. So we want to do, how I’m doing that is I’m starting on the low end of the wall and then each time I pick I’m maxing it out with vibrato… that’s just the first measure. And starting on the second measure we’re back into 4/4 four time and we’re here on the 13th fret of the high E string still or actually we’ve gone to the 13th fret of the high E string. So we were on the B string 13, oh my gosh, 11, 13, if I could count, and then to the high E string 11. Now we’re on 13th fret on the high E string and we’re going to do a full step bend and release… so I do that same thing… working the wah up, like I said I’m not really good at that, I haven’t really had a lot of experience with it, just never really appealed to me. I love the way it sounds when other people do it; just doesn’t really appeal to me when I do it. So we do a bend and release to the15th fret or excuse me the 13th fret. And then the second time we release it’s 11th fret… and then to the 13th fret of the B string. Then we have a rest and then starting on the third measure the first beat is a rest and then we’re gonna go 11th fret, 13th fret, two more rests, then 11th fret on the high E string. Now a pull-off from 11th fret or from 13th fret to the 11th fret and then we’re going to move up so now we’re on the 14th fret of the high E string with your first finger and the 16th fret of the high E string with your third finger… Now we’re going to bend, rest… and then the second one we release to the 14th fret. And then probably the hardest part we have to jump down to the 12th fret of the G string… and then to the 16th fret on the B string to end it…
1970s Riff-3 – Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
All right then the last we’re going to look at is Green Eyed Lady by Sugarloaf. So this one is just single notes, but it’s not as much of a lead melody. So we start off we rest on beat one and then on the downbeat of two we hit the open low E string and then we rest on the and of two and then we rest on the downbeat of three and then on the and of three we’re gonna hit the fifth fret of the A string and then rest on beat four. And then starting on the second measure on the downbeat of one it’s the fifth fret of the D string. So we’ve got… Then we rest on the and of two, the downbeat of three or excuse me we rest on the and of one, the downbeat of two and then on the and of two we’re back to the fifth fret of the A string and then open one, two on the A string. So that’s basically kind of the riff right there and that takes up two measures. So starting on the third measure we start off the same. The only thing that’s going to change is that note that is on the A string is going to move down from the fifth fret to the fourth fret… same thing. Now we’re going to do it again, but it’s going to move to the third fret. Okay then the last part of it started the last two measures and this is all quarter notes; one to the first fret of the A string to the second fret and then the open low B string again, so one, two, three, four. Then on the last measure fourth fret of the low E string; one, beat two is the fifth fret, one, two. Then we’re going to shift down a whole step so now your first finger is at the second fret and your third or excuse me your second finger is at the third fret and this is two, three, two, three…
All right, so there you have it, volume four of fun and easy riffs to play from the 1970s. 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.