Learn 3 Fun & Easy Guitar Riffs By April Wine

Learn to play 3 fun and easy riffs by April Wine 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 classics tonight!

April Wine 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 April Wine.

Right now Guitar Control is giving away a free chord chart in PDF format. It’s a free download, there’s a link down in the description, it’s really well organized and has every cord that you could ever need at a glance and you can print it off and put it where you practice or in your gig bag or whatever. Really great useful tool and it’s free; just click the link in the description.

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.

April Wine Riff-1 – Roller

All right so the first one we’re going to look at is the main opening riff from Roller. So this is all just made up of a bunch of single notes, except at the very end of it. So we start off we’re playing on the open low E string twice and then we’re gonna go to the A string, your first finger on the second fret and your third finger on the fourth fret and we’re gonna pick four, pull-off to two and pull-off to the open string… and that’s like a triplet. And then we follow that with the open low E string and then the second fret of the D string… All right, so after you do the two notes there on the D string… then we come back to the a string we do that same pull to two, pull to the open low E string and then back to the this again. So if we think about it like that the riff is… and then back to the same four-two thing again. Then we’ve got to end this first half of it, so now we’re going to go open hammer to the fourth fret on the D string to the second fret of the A string and then just do the same sequence, but we just move it down a set of strings, so now we’re open A to the second fret… Okay so that’s like the first time through we end with the… then starting on the third measure, it’s the same as the first, so it just goes back to that same… Now this time instead of doing the… we’re going to just do a D5; so if you just take the regular old D chord, but you want to avoid hitting the high E string because that that has the major third in it. And then to an A5 and then it would just repeat. So the second half… and then it would just repeat…

April Wine Riff-2 – All Over Town

All right so the next we’re going to look at is All Over Town and this one is really easy to play in comparison to the first one. So for this one here it’s made up of a bunch of octaves. So we’re going to start off with first finger on the fifth fret of the low E string and then your third finger onto the seventh fret of the D string because it’s the same note, it’s just an octave higher. So we’re going to play that one and two, and then we rest on the and of two… Now during that little rest that buys us just a moment of time to move this shape down; so now your first finger is on the first fret of the low E string and your third finger is on the third fret of the D string. So you got this rest, so it’s like one and two and three and four and… so that’s the first measure. Then on the second measure we’re gonna take that shape and we’re gonna move it up a whole step; so now we’re on the third fret of the low E string and the fifth fret of the D string and we’re going to just do that twice, so one and two and three and four and… so that’s the first two measures. Then the third measure is the same as the first. So we just come back to the five and seven again, down to one and three, and now this time it’s a little bit different. So we’re going to take your first finger and just bring it up to the third fret and you might as well just barre it because we’re going to be playing the third fret of the E and the A string. So it’s like one and so we pick six to five and then we just move that up a whole, half excuse me a half step, so it’s at the fourth fret… to the fifth fret and then to the sixth fret and then the riff just starts over again… so that second half… the whole thing…

April Wine Riff-3 Enough Is Enough

All right then finally the last one we’re going to look at is Enough is Enough. So again fairly simple, this one has this voicing an F and I’ve that just from a lot of my private lessons I know a lot of people struggle with this chord, especially if you’re a beginner. So what I’m doing is I’m just my first finger is barring the first fret of the B and high E string and my second finger is on the second fret of the G string and my third finger is on the third fret of the D string… So we’ve got that and then we’ve got C… and then we’ve got G5. So for this G5; third fret of the low E string with my first finger and then the fifth fret of the A string with my third finger and the D and G strings are open… And then we’re also have E minor 7 over G (Em7/G) which is basically what we’re going to do is this note on the A string is going to go from the fifth fret to the seventh fret. So it’s like you know like a shuffle thing that you’ve probably done before, that’s what what’s happening here. So we start off with that F, and this is a quarter note and this is beat one and then we rest on two and then on beat three it’s C, is a quarter note, so it’s like one two three and then we rest on the downbeat of four, and since we’re gonna do this thing here I’ll use my first finger on the third fret of the low E string and then my second finger on the fifth fret of the A string. So for this we hit this on the and of one or excuse me the and of four and it’s tied to the downbeat of one on the next measure; so it’s like and one and two and three four…

Conclusion

All right so there you have it, three not two terribly difficult riffs from April Wine. April Wines is one of those bands that I just end up kind of forgetting about and I really liked them a lot when I was a kid. I think the guitar player, and I’m really crappy with remembering names, his solos are really cool because they’re always really melodic and you can you can sing them, you can hum them, they’re really cool. I think he’s kind of an underrated player. Anyway 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 3 Fun & Easy Riffs By April Wine and have a great day.

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