How to Play Killer Blues Guitar Riffs


Here’s the next sample clip from “Ultimate Blues Master Class with Sol Philcox”.
There are a TON of amazing blues tricks, licks, and secrets that will be revealed to you, along with TABS… Stay tuned for the upcoming release of this course!

Now chords is just one part of the whole
concept of rhythm playing.

If you listen to a lot of blues rock, in particular,
more like Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan or
Audley Freed with “Cry of Love”, Black Crowes,
Led Zeppelin, anything like that, you’ll notice
that there’s a lot of signature sounding of riffs.

It isn’t just lead playing and chordal playing;
you’ll often notice a lot of single note riffs.
And especially with like a Jimi Hendrix-type style.
You get lots of like funky kind of riffs.

I mean, everyone knows like “Voodoo Child”. Like…

I mean, that’s just a very, very typical, famous
blues-rock type riff. And Stevie Ray Vaughan has…
Like the “Testify” riff. Let’s just explore the
idea of making-up some of these.

Now, let’s just keep in our C position for now.
We’re going to work in a few in E as well, because
we’re going to work in a shuffle group later, too.

But let’s just look at the C position, and we’re going
to stick within our pentatonic and we’re going to add
a few extra notes in.

Now, the best thing if you’re making up a riff or
if you’re even playing one that’s already been
written is you’ve got to feel the groove.

That’s why so many Led Zeppelin riffs and
Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs are just so memorable,
because there’s such a strong groove and the guitar
is really locking-in as a rhythm instrument.

To me, that’s the perfect middle ground, getting a
really good, solid rhythmic feel, but also using
lead guitar as well.

I’ll show you an example of a blues-rock riff.
One, two, three, four.

That will be where we’ll be going to the
4-chord or the F.

Let’s just have a look at what we’ve got so far.


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