How to Play 3 Fun & EASY Guitar Riffs By Foreigner

Learn to play three fun and easy guitar riffs by Foreigner 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 guitar riffs in record time.

Foreigner Riff

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 Foreigner.

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Foreigner Riff-1 – Blue Morning, Blue Day

All right so the first one we’re going to look at is the riff from Blue Morning, Blue Day. So this one’s pretty simple, it’s all on just on the A string. So we’re going to start off we’re going to put our second finger onto the second fret of the A string and our first finger onto the first fret and we’re going to play two one two, its eighth notes, so it’s like one and two, 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 it’s first fret to the second fret to the fourth fret; so that’s the first measure. Then we’re going to shift up to the fifth fret so I’m just going to bring my second finger up so it’s on the fifth fret and my first finger is on the fourth fret and on this one it’s the same timing, well almost the same timing. So this is the start of the second measure; it’s five four five, so one and two and three and four and, so it’s five four five, rest, four five, rest. Then we’re gonna shift up again the same way, we’re gonna just move this shape up so now our second finger is on the ninth fret and the first finger is on the eighth fret and again we’re just on the A string. And now we’re gonna go up, same timing as the first measure, eight nine eight one and two and three and eight four is nine and then on the and of four is the tenth fret; so we’re just with our third finger then that’s tied to all of the next measure and then you slide out of it and starts over again. So the whole thing slowly…

Foreigner Riff-2 – Double Vision

All right so the next we’re going to look at is the riff from a Double Vision, this one’s pretty simple. So we start off we’re just going to take our first finger and we’re just going to barre it across the 12th fret of the D, G and B string and it’s a quarter note, it’s the downbeat of one and we’re gonna hit it and slide out of it. Okay and then on the downbeat of two we hit the open A string and it’s just an eighth note and then on the and of two we take our first finger and we’re just going to barre the fifth fret of the D and the G string and this is coming in on the and of two, but it’s tied to a half note and then an eighth note; so it’s the rest of the measure… And then starting on the second measure this is still tied on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we hit the open A string and then we hit this chord, C5 over G (C5/G), back to the open string. Then we’re going to come up to the seventh fret, I’m still barring the D and the G string with our first finger and we’re gonna slide to that actually; so it’s like… and then back to five. Now the reason I’m just doing this with my first fingers is because… this way I’m having to cross over, but if I just kind of use my first finger it makes it a little easier… All right so then starting on the second measure we go back up to the barre again, but this time we want to pick up the first string, the high E string, same thing; so it’s on the downbeat of one, it’s quarter note. And then we’ve got two quick muted strums. So what I do is I slide out of it and then get back down into this area because we’re gonna do the… and then barring the fifth fret of the D and G string again. And then the fourth measure, similar to the second, this is still ringing out on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one it’s the open A string and downbeat of two fifth fret of the D and G string again. And then the and of two is the open A string again and then we’re just gonna do slide to the seventh fret and then it’s a half note and it just takes care of the rest of the measure… and then the whole thing just repeats…

Foreigner Riff-3 – Hot Blooded

All right then the last one to look at is the riff from Hot Blooded. So when I first was playing it, it actually seemed more difficult than it was, it was just because of the way I was doing it; since then I figured out an easier way. All right, so we start off we put our first finger onto the third fret of the low E string and our third finger onto the fifth fret of the D string and our fourth finger onto the fifth fret of the G string. This is eighth notes so we’ve got one, we play just the low E string, one and, and then on the downbeat of two we hit the D and G string and then we rest on the and of two; so it’s like two and. And then we hit on the downbeat of three we hit the D and G string again… Then we’re going to take our second finger and put it on to the fourth fret of the G string and take our fourth finger off and that’s a quarter note, so it’s like… So after we switch from the fifth fret of the G string to the fourth fret, that’s a quarter note and that takes care of the and of three and the downbeat of four and then on the and of four we’re just gonna lift our first finger up so that way we can play the A string open… And then starting on the downbeat of the next measure we put our finger back down so now we’re picking up the third fret of the of the A string and we’re going to take our third finger and we’re going to move it from the fifth fret of the D string to the fifth fret of the G string and then put our fourth finger onto the fifth fret of the B string. So now we’ve got this chord… we have the third fret of the A string, the D string is muted, so my first finger is taking care of that I’m fretting this note here, but it’s muting it here, so we hit that it’s on the downbeat of one, we rest on the and of one and then down beat of two we hit this again and then we’ve go we move and it basically becomes a C suspended four (Csus4). So we’re just going to take our pinky and move it up a half step so now it’s on the sixth fret and everything else is the same and that’s basically the riff…

Conclusion

All right so there you have it, three fun and easy riffs from Foreigner. 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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