How To Play Three Fun & EASY Guitar Riffs By Loverboy

Learn to play three fun and easy guitar riffs by Loverboy 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 riffs tonight!

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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 riffs for you from Loverboy.

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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.

Loverboy Riff-1 – Turn Me Loose

All right so the first one we got is this opening riff from Turn Me Loose. So we start off we just got a regular old power chord, we’ve got a G5 here; so first finger on the third fret of the low E string and then I’m picking up the fifth fret of the A string with my third finger and the fifth fret of the D string with my fourth finger and if you’re a beginner and this is kind of hard for you to do you can omit the note on the D string… All right so this starts off right on the downbeat of one and we’ve got one and; so it’s eighth notes one and, and then a mute strum on the downbeat of two and then on the and of two we’re back to this G note again. So we’ve got… Then we come up here to the third fret we just barre the third fret of the D and the G string and this is on the downbeat of three and it’s a half note so it takes care of beats three and four, but it is also tied to the next measure so on the next measure we let this ring out the entire time… and then when we get to beat four we slide out of it; so this is gonna be like three four one two three four and we slide out of it. So we just got… then we do that same measure three is the same as one. So measure four is the same as two so it’s basically that part twice and then we moved that G5 shape down a whole step so now that we’re at the first fret and we hit it there; so we’ve got it one and we rest on two and then the and of two we hit it again and then starting on the downbeat of three we have the C5 all the way up here. So I’m on the first fret of the B string with my first finger in the third fret of the high E string with my third finger and this is just like how it was on the first measure this is a half note so it takes care of beats three and four and then it also is tied to a half note on the next measure so it takes care of beats one and two there; so three four one two then we come back down to the F5 and we’ve got this little lock up thing here so we got the F then we just play just that F note… So that’s the little thing, it’s got kind of you know more of kind of like a groove to it… and then it goes back into that again…

Loverboy Riff-2 – Lovin’ Every Minute Of It

All right so the next we’re going to look at is riff from Lovin Every Minute Of It and this is like from the chorus. So it’s fairly simple so we’ve got an E5; so the low E string is open and I’m barring the second fret of the A and the D string and this is 16th notes and it takes care of beat number one. And then starting on beat two we just play third fret of the sixth fret of the low E string here and that is starting on the downbeat of two and it’s a sixteenth to the second fret and then back to the E5… Then for starting on beat three it’s the open D string three and then on the and of three we go to the second fret and then on the downbeat of four it’s the A string open and on the and of four the second fret…  All right so that’s the first measure, that’s like half of it, and then for the rest of it it’s very similar, kind of the same thing, but it’s going to move from being around E to being around A, so it just moves up a fourth with a little difference though. So now we’ve got an A5; so I’m just simply going to move my finger up so now I’m barring the second fret of the D and the G string and the A string is open, same thing, sixteenth notes for beat number one… and then instead of going three to the second fret it’s just three… and then open D string to the second fret, open A string to the second fret, just like the other part and then it just repeats…

Loverboy Riff-3 – Hot Girls In Love

All right and then the last one we’re gonna look at is a riff from Hot Girls In Love. So this is like the intro riff now this part is just like a lot of Loverboy music being very kind of keyboard driven, so if you just play the guitar part by itself without the keyboard part it sounds a little empty. So I’m going to show you a little trick you can do to kind of liven that up. So first of all let’s just look at what the guitar is actually doing. So we rest on the first two beats and then starting on beat three go to the third fret of the low E string three and to the second fret to the downbeat of four is open. Then we’re going to go to a C sharp five (C#5); so we come up first finger on the fourth fret of the A string and then I’m using my third finger to barre the sixth fret of the D and the G string, but again if you can’t pick up that G and you can only do this or this or whatever, that’s totally fine because it’s just the same note there. So we hit that on the and of four and then it’s tied to one and then on the downbeat of two we hit it again and then we rest on the and of two and then on the downbeat of three it’s a percussive strum and on the and of three we hit the C5 again and then on the downbeat of four to rest and then we hit it again on the and of four… So then on the third measure, beat one is ringing out from the previous measure, the downbeat of two same things we’ve got the two and three and four, we come down to an A5 so that rhythm just kind of stays the same all the way through it, so it’s like… and then it just repeats… All right so the keyboard when you’re done it has that little melody thing going there all right so to kind of try to emulate that keyboard riff. What we’re going to do is when we come up here to this C5 we’re actually going to play C-sharp minor (C#m); so I’m barring my first finger across the fourth fret of the first five strings, my second finger is on the fifth fret of the B string and my third finger is on the sixth fret of the D string. So I’m muting the G string and now we come up here with our pinky and grab the seventh fret of the B string because our little melody is… so we’ve got… Then we come down here to the A, this one here kind of the same thing, so now we’ve got the open A string, the second fret of the D string and the second fret of the G string. So I’m just doing it like I’m playing at an A suspended two (Asus2), but now that melody… so it’s the F sharp here on the second fret of the high E string to the open string… All right, so this kind of helps a little bit to sound a little bit more authentic because we’re playing those parts that the normally the keyboard would be handling.

Conclusion

All right so there you have it, three not too terribly difficult to play riffs from Loverboy. 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 three fun and easy riffs by Loverboy and have a great day.

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