Learn to play three more fun and easy riffs from the 1960s with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free the tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction and you will be rockin’ these classic riffs.
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 the 1960s.
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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.
1960s Riff-1 – Hello I Love You
All right, so the first one to look at is the riff from hello I Love You by The Doors. So this one is just made up of single notes and we’re starting here on the fifth fret of the low E string and most of this is made up of eighth notes, at least this first measure is. So we’re going to play the fifth fret of the low E string for one and, and then we’re going to go to the seventh fret on the D string with your third finger, two and. So we got one and two and it’s the same notes just an octave higher; so one and two and, and then for beats three and four we’re just going to take this shape and move it down a whole step so now your first finger is picking up the third fret of the low E string and your third finger is picking up the fifth fret of the D string and we’re going to do that same thing three and four and. So that’s our first measure… All right then starting on the second measure on the downbeat of one we’re gonna do a slide from nowhere to the fifth fret of the low E string and so this is on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we’re gonna hit the seventh fret of the A string, but this is a quarter note so this is taking care of the and of one plus the downbeat of two. And then we’re gonna move to the fifth fret so I just use my first finger to go to the fifth fret of the A string and this is another quarter note. And then we’re gonna move down to the second fret of the A string and we’re going to pick that to the third fret with your second finger back to the second fret and then the open string and then second fret is where we’re going to start and slide back up to the fifth fret and then it just it just repeats…
1960s Riff-2 – Fortunate Son
All right so the next one to look at is a Fortunate Son. So this is just the little intro kind of melody. So it’s pretty easy to play and we’re going to start off with a slide from nowhere; I think the first fret, second fret, whatever to the sixth fret on the G string with your second finger. And then we’re gonna hit that so this is on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we’re gonna pick the fifth fret of the high E string with your first finger. So how I do this is hybrid picking. So I with the guitar pick I’m doing that downstroke sliding up on the G string and then put my first finger down on the fifth fret of the high E string and use my middle finger to pluck that. So we got one and, two, three, four and that takes up the whole first measure. Now the second measure is the same as the first except this shape we’re going to move it down a whole step. So now we’re going to slide to the fourth fret on the G string and then our first finger will be dropping to the third fret on the high E string, same count, one and, two, three, four. So that’s our first two measures… Now on our third measure we’re going to play the G string open and we’re going to do a hammer-on to the second fret and I’m going to use I use my second finger on this second fret on the high E string with my third finger. So it’s that same thing, it’s tied to the rest of the measure. So on the fourth measure we do that same open G string hammer to the second fret, but now the high E string is going to be open and then the only thing that’s different is that instead of it being tied to the rest of the measure we we’re going to go to the third fret on the A string and we’re going to hit this as a quarter step bend and then follow that with the open A string. So we’re hitting this on the downbeat of three and four and, and then it just repeats…
1960s Riff-3 – In A Gadda Da Vida
All right then the last one we’re going to look at is the In A Gadda Da Vida riff by Iron Butterfly. This is a really weird riff and I don’t know, it was just always one of those ones when I was a kid I used to think it was really neat and wanted to be able to play it; it’s just a really unusual riff. So we’re going to look at two parts of it. So the first part we’re going to look at is just like the main the main recognizable riff. So we’re going to start here on the fifth fret of the A string with my first finger and we’re going to play this is a quarter note for beat one and then a quarter note for beat two; so like one, two. And then starting on the downbeat of three we’re gonna pick up the eighth fret of the A string with your pinky; three, and then on the and of three the seventh fret, so three and, and now we’re gonna go to the eighth fret of the low E string with your pinky for four and then the and of four back to the fifth fret. Now when we hit that on the and of four that’s tied to the downbeat of one of the second measure so it just rings out for a whole beat. Then we’re going to go to the seventh fret on the third finger and the sixth fret with your second finger and then to the fifth fret with your first finger. So it’s got this little chromatic motion in there and then slide down to the third fret. So we’ve got… and then it would just repeat. So that’s the first two measures and that just repeats like a million times through the song… And the other part I wanted to show is just kind of the little weird kind of harmonic minery sounding-ish thing that he does to transition into the next part of the song. So after you’ve done that a million times then we’re going to go right back up to the fifth fret of the A string and this is eighth notes; so one seventh fret for the downbeat of two is eight and the and of two is back to seven. So we got five, seven, eight, seven and then on the downbeat of three is eight. Now we’re going to go to the sixth fret on the D string so I’m going to shift up with my first finger six, seven, six. So that’s all of that measure one and two and three and four and now the next measure it starts seven one to eight with your third finger. So we’re going to do a chromatic thing in there again, seven eight seven six seven. So we’re seven eight seven six seven then we’re going to six seven six hammer and pull off to the eighth fret on the A string to the seventh. So that whole thing…
All right, so there you have it, three fun not too terribly difficult riffs to play from the 1960s. 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 and have a great day.