Learn how to play 3 fun and easy La Guns 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 killer classic riffs tonight!
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I’ve got three riffs for you from LA Guns so be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look.
LA Guns Riff-1 – Kiss My Love Goodbye – Part-1
All right so the first one I’m going to look at is Kiss My Love Goodbye and for this one I’m actually going to show the intro the song, both the rhythm guitar part and the lead guitar part, because they’re both pretty easy and this way it gives you something you could play with a friend or use your looper or something. So let’s first look at the rhythm guitar part. So we start off we’ve just got an E5 power chord here; so I’m using my first finger to just barre the second fret of the A and the D string and then the low E string is open. So hit this on the downbeat of one and it’s an eighth note and then we have a just a quick sixteenth note rest and then we’ve got this little riff here. It’s sixth string open and then to the third fret, fourth fret, fifth fret and then to the second fret of the D string; so that’s like… Now when we hit this note here on the second fret of the D string it’s a sixteenth note tied to an eighth note with some vibrato so that just rings out there for a second and then we come back to the low E string here and we go to the third fret and then open and then to the second fret back to the third fret… so that’s the first measure. Then starting on the second measure we start with that same E5 and then that riff; open, three, four and five… And then we’re gonna go to an A5; so now the A string is open and I’ve just got my first finger on the second fret of the D string and then we go to the third fret of the low E to the second fret and then we bend and release and then that’s basically the riff…
LA Guns Riff-1 – Kiss My Love Goodbye – Part-2
All right so then for the lead guitar part on this intro is all it’s all right out of the E minor pentatonic scale box pattern. So we start on the B string and put your first finger on the 12th fret and then we’re going to be on the 15th fret; so I’m just using my third finger in this case and we’re going to pick 15 and pull-off to 12. And then we’re going to follow that with the 14th fret of the G string, back to the 12th fret of the B string and those are all 16th notes so it takes care of beat 1… So when we hit this 12 again on the B string on the and of four it’s tied to the downbeat of two, which is an eighth note, so it just rings out for a second there and then we’ve got a quick rest and then we go to the G string and first finger on the 12th fret again and then your third finger on the 14th fret and we’re going to pick and pull to the 14th fret of the D string and then back to the 12th fret of the G string. So it’s more or less like that same riff, we’re just moving it down… Then we’re going to start on the D string; 14th fret pull to 12th fret to 14th fret on the A string back to the 12th fret on the D string… Then 12, 13, 14, on the A string and that’s a triplet, to the 12th fret of the G string and then ending on the 14th fret of the D string…
LA Guns Riff-2 – Never Enough
All right so the next one we’re going to look at is the intro riff from Never Enough and this is one of my personal favorites from La Guns, it’s really simple, but I just think it sounds really good and it’s all just based off of inverted power chords as intervals of fourths. So we start off with just the A string open and then we’re gonna go to the seventh fret and we’re gonna barre our first finger so we’re picking up the seventh fret of the D and the G string… Then do the same thing, but on the ninth fret, so I use my third finger and that’s the first measure… Then for the second measure we’re just going to move this shape over here by moving it down a whole step; so now our first finger is at the fifth fret of the D and G string… Then we’re going to go to the seventh fret of the A and D string with your third finger, back to just the fifth fret of the D and G strings, back to the seventh fret of the A and D and then finally ending on the fifth fret of the A and D. So not too tough to play but I just think that’s a really catchy cool riff.
LA Guns Riff-3 – The Ballad Of Jayne
All right and then the last one to look at is the intro for Ballad Of Jayne. So for this one here we’re switching to a clean tone and we’ve just got three chords in this. We’ve got C and then we’ve got D, but it’s not this shape of D, we’re just actually going to take the C chord we’re going to move it up a whole step so now your third finger should be on the fifth fret of the A string, your second finger should be on the fourth fret of the D string, G string is still open and my first finger is on the third fret of the B string and then we have G… So we start off here we’ve got our fingers on the shape for this C chord and we rest on the first three beats and then the downbeat of four and then on the and of four we just hit this note here and then we’re gonna slide the chord shape up to the D and play the B string then the G string and then slide it back down so we get the first fret on the B string… like that and then that just repeats twice… And then on this third time we start off the same way and then we’re going to pick the B string and do a pull-off and then follow that with the open G string and that’s the first four measures… Okay then so starting on the fifth measure we switch to a G chord and we’re just going to kind of arpeggiate this. So starting on the low E string we’re just going to pick straight up so; A, D, G and then the B and high E strings together and then follow that with three strums… Then we switch to C; A, D, G and B and pull-off and then G, D and then this where we’re going to transition back to the G. So when we… we play the A string open and then switch to a G, low E, A, D… back to the C and that’s kind of the whole riff and then it just repeats… and then you can just keep repeating it like that…
All right so there you have it. Three riffs from La Guns that are not too terribly tough, but kind of cool sounding. I always kind of thought Tracy Guns was kind of a cool guitar player. He’s not like a shredder, but he writes just really cool riffs and he always kind of had cool guitar tone and just has that kind of a bluesy feel in his playing, I just really kind of dig it. 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 that we upload throughout the week. Well that is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.