Fun & Easy Riffs Based In The Interval Of Fourths

Check out this sweet riff lesson from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. This time Darrin demonstrates five fun & easy riffs based in the interval of fourths. Be sure to click the link for the tabs so you can easily follow along with this killer riff lesson.

 Interval Of Fourths Riffs

Introduction

Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you how to play five cool riffs that are using intervals of fourths. So you probably already know power chords like the regular shape; here I’m on the fifth fret of the low E and then I’m on the seventh fret of the A string and you can do that shape and move that shape around and that’s actually a fifth. But if we were to take those two notes, so like here we do it in G, so this is a G and then we count up five; G, A, B, C, D, B. Now if we invert that and make D the lower note and G the higher note… then we get a fourth; so it’s the same notes it’s just inverted like a fraction. So it’s just another power chord you can use and it sounds really good and there’s lots of cool riffs that use that and we’re going to go over five of those today. 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 Fun & Easy Riffs Based In The Interval Of Fourths.

Interval Of Fourths Riffs – 1

All right so the first one we’re going to look at is Give Me Three Steps from Lynyrd Skynyrd. So this one we start off with my first finger just barring at the seventh fret on the D and the G strings and that’s our first chord and that particular chord is going to be used throughout most of the stuff that we’re looking at today. So we’ve got… and then there’s a rest and then another one and then we go to the ninth fret of the A string with your third finger so it’s… and then back to that nine and back to back to the barring here at the seventh fret; so that’s the first measure… Okay and then the second measure we’re going to come up here to the seventh fret of the A string with our first finger and then to the ninth fret and then back to that chord and then back to nine again… so that’s the first two measures. Then we’re going to come down to the second fret and we’re going to more or less do the same thing, but now it’ll be the second fret and then that note on the A string will be on the fourth fret and then on the A string second fret to the fourth fret and then back to that chord again…

Interval Of Fourths Riffs – 2

All right so the next riff we’re going to look at is Never Enough by LA Guns. So this one starts by just playing the open A string and then we’re going to back to that same chord that we did on the previous song… to the ninth fret; so seven, nine and then down to five… Now we’re going to go to barre the seventh fret of the A and the D strings with our third finger, back to five, back to that seven and then to five on the A and D strings…

Interval Of Fourths Riffs – 3

Next we have another Lynyrd Skynyrd riff and this time it’s from Sweet Home Alabama… So we’re going to start off first finger on the seventh fret of the A string and we’re going to go seven to eight with your second finger and then nine with your third finger and then lookie there, we’re right back to that same chord again on the seventh fret; so we go seven, eight, nine, the chord, back to nine and slide out of it. Then we’re going to go to the fifth fret of the A string and pick and do a hammer-on to the seventh fret and now that same chord, but now we’re on the fifth fret; so on that D and G strings seventh fret and slide out of that… so that’s the first measure. Now we’re gonna go open and hammer to the second fret to the third and now we’re just gonna play the D and G strings open twice… then like you’re grabbing a G chord, but you’re just grabbing the bottom end of it. So I’m on the third fret of the low E with my second finger and the second fret of the A string with my first finger…

Interval Of Fourths Riffs – 4

All right so now the next riff we’re going to look at is a riff from Two Minutes To Midnight from Iron Maiden. So again this is just using that same barring here at the fifth fret on the D and G strings and the seventh on the D and G strings… so we’re going to play the open a twice… so that’s the first two measures; so open twice, five open, seven open, five open and then seven again with a little bit of vibrato on it so… that’s the first two measures. Then the third measure is the same as the first one again. So those second two measures… so the whole thing slowly…

Interval Of Fourths Riffs – 5

All right then finally the fifth and final riff we’re gonna do is Smoke On The Water from Deep Purple. A lot of you probably already know how to play this and some of you probably already know how to play it wrong. This is what I was talking about at the at the beginning about how this would be G5; so it’s G and D and if I just play the D and G strings open I’m playing those same two notes, but the D is the lower note and G is the higher note. So if you count from D up to G; D, E, F, G, it’s only four. So a lot of people will play Smoke On The Water like this… which is the right notes, it’s just the wrong intervals. So I’m going to show you how to do it the right way. so we open we play with the open D and G strings. So we have open, three, five, open, three, six, five, open three,  five, three, open…

Conclusion

All right so there you have it. Five cool and easy riffs that are all based out of the interval of fourths These are all cool sounding riffs and really recognizable and fun to play. 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 any 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 Fun & Easy Riffs Based In The Interval Of Fourths and have a great day.

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