Get Better Fretting Hand Skill With This Riff

Get better fretting hand skill with this riff from I Remember You by Skid Row from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the tabs to go along with this free I Remember You riff by Skid Row video lesson.

I remember you

Introduction

How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you the main intro riff for I Remember You by Skid Row. So we’re not going to be doing this entire song, it’s just basically on this riff because this is a good riff that you can kind of use it as like an exercise for your strumming and also transitioning between playing chords and little fill notes in between the chords. So if you’re a beginner this is going to be fairly difficult, but I think it’s really worth the effort to do it because not only is it a cool sounding riff and after you have this part down the rest of the song is really easy to pick up. 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 Get Better Fretting Hand Skill With This Riff from I Remember You by Skid Row.

I Remember You (Riff)

All right, so for this we’ve got two chords basically that we’re going to be using in this I Remember You by Skid Row riff. We have G major… and you know two different ways that you can play this open G string and we want the B string to not be open; so I’m on the third fret of the low E string with my second finger and the second fret of the A string with my first finger, the D and G strings are open, I’m on the third fret of the B string with my third finger and the third fret of the high E string with my fourth finger and that’s our G major. And then the other chord we have is c add nine (Cadd9). So transitioning from G to Cadd9 we’re just simply going to take our first and second finger and we’re going to move them from the low E string and the A string to the A string and the D string; so now my second finger is on the third fret of the A string and my first finger is on the second fret of the D string, the G string is still open and I’m on the third fret of the B string with my third finger. A lot of times Cadd9 is just that, but in this case we’re going to take our fourth finger off so that way we have the that high E string open… so those are the two chords for this riff. Now when you when you look at the tabs for this you’re gonna see parts where like it starts off it’s a strum of all the strings and then just the high E and then just the E, A and D strings and then just the G, B and E strings and then just the E string again; you do not need to be that precise, when you watch me play it I’m not being that precise and not really super consistent as it doesn’t matter with these, whatever strings you hit it’s gonna sound good and it’s mostly just kind of getting that that rhythm to it. So I do a down stroke here on the downbeat of one and then an upstroke and I’m just hitting the first two or three strings and like I said it’s not that part of it isn’t like a huge deal. I mean you don’t want where you’re just completely strumming through all the strings, again we want to kind of break it up a little bit. So it’s like down up down down up down up and that’s the first little part of it. Then we’ve got this little fill and this is the the part that this is going to be difficult if you’re a beginner, but the end result is worth it. So what I’m going to do is keep my third finger where it is and not remove that finger because if you just keep it there you can make the transition between the chords and the little fills without losing your hand position. Now we are going to take it off here in a minute because we’ve got a little hammer-on and pull-off, but we’re still just going to use our third finger so our hand primarily will stay in the correct position. So after we do that we’ve got the open A string and we’re going to do a hammer-on to the second fret and follow that with the open D string to the B string. Now if you accidentally go open, hammer open D string, open G string it’s not a huge deal if you don’t skip over that string because again all these notes are going to be in key so it’s going to sound good… Then we switch to the Cadd9 and we do the same kind of the same strum… so that was the first measure. So going on to the second measure we start with the Cadd9 and we’ve got kind of the same feel of the strum going there; so down up down down up down and then we’ve got just the fifth string, third string and now the second string open and hammer-on to the third fret and pull-off and that’s a triplet and then we follow that with the open G string and open D string and then it just starts over again. Now if you just caught there I didn’t play it exactly the same way both times, but it still kind of fits in the allotted time and still has that same vibe to it. So like I said the tricky part with this is just getting to where you’re doing the switching between strumming the chords and those little fill-in notes so you’re going to want to take this slow here. You can see there I’m not like super consistent with picking exactly the right strings. Now if you really want to be able to like play this song and nail it then you know yeah you can really focus on trying to hit just those strings like that, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that if you look up live videos of them playing this song they don’t play it exactly like that every time; I would be really surprised if they do because of just the precision of just hitting the single string, sometimes you’re gonna hit more than one. Now this song is in standard tuning and it’s not too terribly quick so what I’d recommend is just pull the song up on YouTube and use the feature to slow it down and really work with trying to play along with it because that’ll really kind of help you to get that timing down for this I Remember You riff by Skid Row.

Conclusion

All right so there you have it, the main riff intro for I Remember You by Skid Row to get better fretting hand skill. Again the goal here wasn’t to learn how to play the whole song, it was just to kind of get that riff down to give you an exercise for working on transitioning between playing chords and little fill-in notes. 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 I Remember You riff by Skid Row 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 Get Better Fretting Hand Skill With This Riff from Skid Row and have a great day.

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