Learn to play these fun and easy subscriber requested riffs in the fifth installment of the series by Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction.
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today we have volume five of subscriber requested riffs. So if you have an idea or a request for riff that you would like to learn in this series leave it down in the comments because that’s where I’m getting all of these suggestions from.
Right now we have this really cool chord chart that we’re giving away for free and there’s a link down description where you can download it in PDF format and print it out. It’s really cool because it just has all of the different chords that you could ever need for whatever you’re trying to play all in one really well organized space.
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 this.
Subscriber Riff-1 – Little Dreamer – Van Halen
Alright so the first one we have is Little Dreamer by Van Halen and to be in the same key you’ll need to tune down approximately a half step. All right so for this one here we’re going to start on the eighth fret of the low E string with your third finger and we hit that twice and then we go to the sixth fret of the A string and then to the eighth fret; so these first two notes are 16th notes and then the next two are eighth notes, so it’s like… And then we’re gonna do this E flat five over B flat (Eb5/Bb); so all I’m gonna do is take my third finger and I’m just gonna barre it at the eighth fret on the D and the G string… and then back to the eighth fret of the low E, so I’m just going to use my middle finger. So that’s the first measure and half of this riff… Then we just simply move down to the third fret of the low E string with your third finger and do the same sequence; so now it’s three on the low E string to the first fret of the A string to the third fret and then B flat five over F flat (Bb5/F) and we’re gonna play it here on the third fret of the D and G string… and that’s the whole…
Subscriber Riff-2 – Wheels Of Steel – Saxon
All right so the next one we have is Wheels Of Steel by Saxon. So this is a pretty cool riff, pretty easy, just kind of a bluesy style riff. So we just start off with just A5 and it’s a whole note tied to a half note so it’s like one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three and then on the and of three we’re just going to come up to the fifth fret of the D and G string and just barre that, kind of like what we did in the last one, and we’re gonna go from five to four to two… so that’s the beginning of it. Now after it comes down you the five, four, two, that’s on the and of four and it’s tied to the downbeat of one on the next measure and then on the and of one we hit that again up to seven, five, two… so that’s the next measure. Then the next measure back up to seven again, seven, five, two, two and then reach up with your middle finger and grab the third fret of the low E string and we’re gonna pick that and give it just a little bit of a bend, a little quarter step bend, and then back to barring the D and G string… Now I’m just doing this with one finger like this so it’s just easy for you to see, but you know if you don’t have to just do it with a single finger, but if you’re a beginner it might be easier at first to do it that way…
Subscriber Riff-3 – Turn Me Loose – Lover Boy
All right then the last subscriber riff we’re going to look at is Turn Me Loose by Lover Boy and this is the on the intro of the song and there’s lots of keyboards and then there’s a pretty prominent bass line that is being played at the same time, this is actually a pretty cool setup. So we’re going to start off just with a G5 power chord; so first finger on the third fret of the low E string, third finger on the fifth fret of the A string and fourth finger on the fifth fret of the D string. So we hit this is eighth notes; one, and, and then we’re gonna do that mute strum on the downbeat of two and then on the and of two we’re just gonna hit that third fret of the low E string… Now you could hit the whole chord again, it’s not really going to matter because it’s really quick and it’s on the and of two. And then on the downbeat of three we’re just going to come up and again to be playing across the D and the G string like we have on the last two songs and we’re just going to barre that with our first finger; and like I said this is on the downbeat of three and it’s a half note and then it’s tied to a dotted half note and a quarter note in the next measure so it rings out for a total of six beats, but on that last beat, we’re going to slide out of it… then repeat… Okay and then after that we’re going to come down and do F5, so it’s going to move that same chord shape down a whole step, so now we’re at the first finger in the third fret on the A and D strings with our third and fourth fingers… Now this part here is the probably for me it’s the hardest part, so we hit on the downbeat of one and, and then we rest on the downbeat of two and then on the and of two we hit that again, so it’s like… Then on the downbeat of three we have to do that same power chord shape, but we’re going to move it all the way up so our first finger is on the first fret of the B string and third finger is on the third fret of the high E string… for me that’s the toughest part to consistently grab that chord. So we hit that on the downbeat of three as a half note and then it’s tied to the first two beats of the next measure; so it’s like three, four, one, two, and then we come back down to the F5 and we hit this on the downbeat of three and it’s an eighth note, so it’s like three, and we just hit just the first fret of the low E and this is palm muted and we hit it three times the first two or sixteenth or the first actually all three or sixteenth, so we hit it three times one, two, three, and on the third time we hammer-on to the second fret and then we pick the second fret again back up to… again. So that’s like basically the most for the main part of the riff… Then we have this little easy lick. So we’re going to start on the third fret of the A string with your third finger and we’re going to pick that and slide to the fifth fret and we’re going to skip over the D string and go to the third fret of the G string with our first finger and then to the fifth fret with our third finger and we’re going to do a full step bend and release…
All right so there you have it… Volume Five of subscriber requested riffs. So like I said at the beginning if you have suggestions or ideas for riffs that you’d like to learn, leave them in the comments because I read those and that’s where I get all of these suggestions from. 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 Fun & Easy Subscriber Requested Riffs 5.0 and have a great day.