Learn To Play 3 Killer Dyad Guitar Riffs – Easy Guitar Lesson On 3 Song Riffs

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Hey everybody, this is Darrin Goodman from guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you three power chord riffs, but they’re not your traditional power chord riffs. They’re still dyads, two note chords. But we’re going to be instead of just looking at the fifths that you’re probably used to playing, we’re going to be looking at some other intervals including fourths, thirds, major thirds and minor thirds.

So let’s get close up and take a look at what we got going on here. Alright, so the first riff we’re going to look at is Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row. So this riff starts off, we’re just going to play the fourth and the third strings open. And then we’re going to do a slide from nowhere to the fifth fret of the fourth and the third string. This whole riff is based on just the fourth and the third string. Just different intervals.

So we have … slide that to the fifth fret. I like to use my third finger to do this. And then to the third fret with my first finger. And then back to the open strings. So …

So since the two open strings and then on the same fret of the third and same fret of the fifth frets, that interval is a fourth. So … then we go to third fret of the fourth string with your second finger and second fret of the third string with your first finger. And that interval shape there is for a major third. So this is F but it’s just the root of the third, the major third.

And then we just take your second finger and lay it down across the third fret of the fourth and the third string. So we have … and then we follow that with the open fourth and third string again. And we do that again. And now we move with our first finger to the first fret of the fourth string, third finger to the third fret of the third string. And then back to that original riff again. So the whole sequence slowly.

Okay next we have, It’s Not Love by Dokken. This riff also is just on the fourth and third string. So we start off, come down to the seventh fret of the fourth string with your first finger and the ninth fret of the third string with your third finger. Now how I’m playing this, instead of playing with the pick I’m actually going to use these two fingers. So … you could also do it by pinching but I like to do it this way so I can keep a hold of the guitar pick. And then just do that, the plucking of the strings with my second and third finger.

So we start off, we’ve just got that basic power chord shape that I’m sure you’re familiar with. And this riff is based in eighth notes. So we have one and two and three and four. And then on the and of four, you flatten the note on the third string a half step. So we’re going to go from the ninth fret to the eighth fret. And I’m going to use my first finger. So …

And put just a skosh of vibrato on there. And that’s on the and of four, but it’s tied to the downbeat of one of the next measure. So it’s like one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four. You just stay on that same shape of the second shape, the seventh fret of the fourth string with your first finger and the eighth fret of the third string with your second finger. So …

Then we do a slide from nowhere to the fifth fret of the fourth and the third string. And I’m going to use my first and second finger to do this. So it’s the same thing before where we’re starting that on the downbeat of one. One and two and three and four. And then on the and of four we flatten the note on the fourth string from the fifth fret to the fourth fret. And I just use my first finger. And so that’s on the and of four with a little vibrato. And then that’s tied to the downbeat of one of the next measure. And so then you just finish off that next measure and two and three and four. So the whole sequence slowly. And that’s [inaudible 00:06:02].

Right. And then finally we have The Zoo by The Scorpions. This riff, the dyad shapes are going to be on the fifth and fourth string this time. And we’re going to be pedaling the open sixth string. So the pedal for the open six string, it’s this triplet kind of a thing here we got going here. So it’s like one and two and three. It’s like down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down. And you palm mute it.

And then, so that’s like the first three beats. And then on beat four we go to the dyad shapes. So in this case we’re going to be on the twelfth fret of the fifth string with your third finger and the tenth fret of the fourth string with your first finger. And we’re going to play that shape and then we’re going to move down. So we go on the fifth string, we go to the tenth fret. And on the fourth string we go to the ninth fret. So this first shape here, I’m using my third finger on the twelfth and my first finger on the tenth. And then we’ll move down. I just simply move my first finger down from the tenth to the ninth fret and then drop my second finger onto the tenth fret. So … just like that. So that’s the first measure.

So on the second measure we do the same thing. So that’s the first two measures. And then on the third measure, it’s a little bit different. We have that same triplet feel but now, it’s a little different. There’s a little bit more changes. So we start off with just the single six string open. Palm muted. And then we’re on the ninth fret of the fifth string with your third finger and the seventh fret of the fourth string with your first finger. So we do the pedal the open six … Pedal it again and now we move down so we’re at the seventh and sixth fret. Or excuse me, seventh and fifth fret. So … and then we pedal again back up to seven and nine. Pedal again up to ten and nine.

So … so far we have … then it simply just starts, it basically starts over again. So what you played on the first two measures, you also do that on the fourth, fifth and sixth measures. So you just repeat that riff three more times.

So on that last one, it’s a variation of just of the other change. So … so we just go from that tenth fret of the fifth string, ninth fret of the fourth string. To nine and seven. To seven and five. Back to nine and seven. And then we stop. That’s just where it ends is on seventh fret of the fifth string and fifth fret of the fourth string. So the whole sequence slowly.

All right. So I hope you got something out of that. Enjoyed the lesson. If you liked this lesson, give me a thumbs up. Leave me a comment down below if there’s anything you’d like to see either myself or one of the other instructors at guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host do in a future lesson. Anyway, until next time.

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