Learn to play more subscriber requested guitar riffs from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction and you will be rockin’ these fun & easy riffs tonight!
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today we have three riffs by three different bands all requests by you guys. So if you have any ideas for riffs that you want to learn be sure to leave them down in the comments and be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look what we got.
Subscriber Riff-1 – High Wire – Badlands
All right so the first one we got is High Wire by Badlands. So for those of you who don’t know this is Jake E Lee’s band that he did after he left Ozzy. This is a really cool riff, not too terribly difficult to play, but does have a lot of like pinch harmonics and stuff that you know can be kind of tricky if you’re a beginner; but overall not too terribly bad. All right so we start off we rest on the first three beats on the first measure and then we’re going to do this slide from nowhere to the 17th fret and back down on the low E string on beat four… so just like that. So when you when you do it if you don’t end up at 17 and you go up to the 15 instead, it’s so quick it doesn’t it’s not really super important. Right after that starting on the downbeat of the second measure it’s just the open A string three times as 16th notes and then we hit the third fret of the A string and we want to try to do a pinch harmonic… So try to try to find that sweet spot in there and if you have you know more gain and humbuckers it’s a little bit easier; this is kind of tough on these single coils. Then we do the three opens again and then we go to the fifth fret and then we’ve got this, which is probably kind of the trickier part in here, for beat four we go the open A string and then the open low E string to the third fret on the low E string and back to the open A string… so it’s like four e and uh… and that’s the first measure… Then starting on the third measure we’re gonna be at the fifth fret of the A string and we’re going to bend that and then back to the fifth fret; so we’re going to bend the fifth fret a whole step and then back down to the third fret and then back to the fifth fret and we’re going to pick that and pull-off to the third fret and then the open string and then end that on the third fret of the low E string and then back into the main riff again… Now on this one here we’re gonna try to hit that artificial harmonic and we bend the fifth fret of the A string and then back to the fifth fret to the third fret back to the fifth back to the third and back to the fifth with a bend. So the whole thing slowly…
Subscriber Riff-2 – Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
All right so the next one we got is Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix. Now this is the very first Hendrix tutorial that I’ve ever done. I like Hendrix, but I’ve always had a lot of difficulty playing his riffs and getting it to sound really authentic. So I’ve just kind of steered away from it, but this one’s not too terribly difficult for Foxy Lady. So for this it actually starts off he’s just play the 11th fret of the G string and then he slides out of that to go into this riff. So for this riff we’re going to be on the second fret of the low E string with your first finger and then I’m going to use my pinky to barre the fifth fret of the B and high E string so we get this… we hit that and then it’s kind of a mute strum so you just basically release the pressure. Now if you don’t do that and you just hit it twice it’s fine because this riff he does this over and over and over again, but there’s just slight little variances throughout. So you got the… and then we’re going to take your third finger and go to the fourth fret of the D string and that’s F sharp (F#) again, it’s just an octave higher, then that barre again… back to the two lower F#s and then we’re going to go to the fourth fret of the D string with your third finger, to the open A string to the second fret of the A string and then just drop down for a B major chord and then it just repeats… So like I said there’s all these different variations that he does throughout there that you know it more or less kind of stays the same, but there’s just all these little just slight variances…
Subscriber Riff-3 – Deuce – KISS
All right and then the last one we’re going to look at is the riff from Deuce by KISS. So for this one here we’re going to start off by barring the seventh fret of the A and the D string with your third finger and we’re going to hit that one and two, so it’s three eighth notes, then we’re going to take your first finger and bring it up and just barre the fifth fret of the D, G and B string… So when we come up here and we barre that we first hit the just the G string twice as a 16th note and then the whole chord… then you keep your first finger where it is and bring your third finger over and barre the seventh fret of the D and G string, back to the two single notes… and that’s the first measure. This very last fifth fret thing we’re doing here is on the and of four and then it’s tied to the downbeat of one of the second measure and then starting on the downbeat of two we hit that twice to the seventh fret back to the fifth and then to the A and D string seven and seven and five and five; so that’s the whole riff…
All right so there you have it; three riffs by request. So if you have ideas for riffs that you want to learn leave them down in the comments. We also have this cool free chord chart that you can download you can print out and hang on your wall and then just at a glance you have any chord that you could ever need for whatever style of music you’re doing; I’ll leave a link for that down in the description. 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.