Learn to play 3 more fun and easy riffs by Judas Priest 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 Judas Priest riffs tonight!
How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I’ve got three fun and not too terribly difficult riffs to play for you from Judas Priest.
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Judas Priest Riff-1 – Nightcrawler
All right so the first one to look at is the riff from a Night Crawler and this one isn’t too terribly bad to play. It just uses this fifth power chord shape that you probably already used a whole bunch of times. So we’re doing E5 here first; so first finger is on the seventh fret of the A string and then my third finger is on the ninth fret of the D string and my fourth finger is on the ninth fret of the G string. So this is all just made up of eighth notes and we just start off by playing A, D, G – one and, two, and then on the and of take your middle finger and you reach up and you’re gonna pick up the eighth fret of the A string and then take it back off; so it’s back on the seventh fret and then the D and G string again, so one and, two and, three and, four and. On the earlier and of four we reach down you want to keep these two fingers here, but we’re going to reach down to the fifth fret of the A string on the and of four and then bring it back up to the seventh fret; so one and, two and, three and, four and. Now on the second measure; one and, and now we’re going to take this shape we’re just going to move it down a set of strings so now I’m on the seventh fret of the low E string of my first finger and the ninth fret of the A string with my third finger. So we pick this two and, and then we’re going to take that shape and move it back up to the A string and the D string, but down a whole step; so now I’m on the first fingers on the fifth fret of the A string and third fingers on the seventh fret of the D string and third finger is on the seventh fret of the G string… And then when it goes to the third measure, the third and fourth measures are the same as the second and third, and then that just repeats a bunch of times…
Judas Priest Riff-2 – Electric Eye
All right so next we’re going to look at the riff from Electric Eye. So this one is just made up of single notes and it’s all eighth notes for the most part, but you can see here on the beginning of it that we’re resting on the downbeat of one; so we actually start playing on the and of one which is gonna seem kind of strange, but then when you go through the rest of it you’ll see why because the very last note the and of four is tied to the to the downbeat of one of the next measure. So we’ve got the open low E string and then to the seventh fret of the A string with my first finger… open low E string to the ninth fret… to the tenth fret and then we’re going to take our middle finger and reach up and grab the eighth fret of the low E string and this is on the and of four and that’s tied to the downbeat of one of the next measure… Okay so now the second measure is the same as the first except the last note; instead of being the eighth fret it’s going to be the fifth fret; so we got it… All right so we’re hitting that five on the and of four and now in the next measure and this is tied to the downbeat of one and then on the and of one open, seven, the open seven open nine ten thing again, and then this time we end on the seventh fret and then and then again it’s tied to one downbeat of one and then and two. Then we go to the ninth fret on the A string back to the low E string and now we’re going to go 10, 9, 7 and then the whole thing would repeat…
Judas Priest Riff-3 – Hellbent For Leather
All right and then the last we’re going to look at is the riff from Hellbent For Leather and in my opinion this is the hardest one out of these three and this is also one of the hardest, for me anyway riffs from Judas Priest; the timing on this is just really unusual and I’ve always struggled with really being able to play it consistently the same way. So we’re going to break it down, so we start off we’re just playing open or just playing some single notes; so we’ve got the open A string on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we’re on the seventh fret of the D string and we want to use your third finger. So we’ve got one and, and then we’ve got three more open A strings, but it’s an eighth note and then two sixteenth notes; so it’s like long, short, short… So that’s the that’s one of the things that really throws me off is trying to get that in there; so open, seven, three opens, back to seven, two opens is eighth notes, again like the first one. Now we’re going to go down the fifth fret and we’re going to barre our first finger across the fifth fret of the D string and the G string… So this is on the and of four of the first measure and then we go on the downbeat of the second measure the open A string again and now we’re going to move this up to the seventh fret. Now you could do it with your first finger and your third and move your first finger up, either way is good, but it’s what’s coming next… this actually might be the best way to do it so that way your hands already in the position. So that’s one and, and then on the downbeat of two for two and now we’re going to take our fir our third finger we’re going to barre the 10th fret of the D string and G string and our first finger and barre the seventh fret of the D string and G string and we’re going to hit this… we’re on the 10th fret, we’re gonna hit that and pull-off to the seven, so that’s three and four and; so we pick pull to seven now we shift our hand position so now we’re going to pull seven to five… So this is kind of challenging, if you’re a beginner that can be a little to get those pull-offs on two strings simultaneous can be a little challenging. All right so then after so that’s the first two measures then our third measure is the exact same as the first third measure the last part of that third measure we’ve got and four and one and… so on the and of two we’re gonna move it down to the fourth fret and then we’re gonna do a C5 power chord; so third fret the A string with your first finger and the fifth fret of the D and or G string with your third finger and this is three and then move it down a half step for B5 and then the whole thing just repeats… So that part is kind of tricky because it’s actually two guitars; the one is doing that… while the other one does the… and it rings out, but if you’re playing it by yourself this is just kind of a way to kind of meld those two things together. So like I said that’s just kind of a way you can kind of meld the two parts together to kind of fill it out if you’re playing it all by yourself.
All right so there you have it three fun and not two terribly difficult riffs to play from Judas Priest. 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 the channel and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the content we upload throughout the week. Well that is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.