Learn to play 3 killer guitar riffs by Whitesnake from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction.
Hey how’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you how to play three somewhat easy cool riffs from Whitesnake. So Whitesnake was a huge band when I was in high school and one of the riffs that we’re going to be looking at on this was like the cool thing to know; you had to know how to play this riff. So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look.
Whitesnake Riff-1 Slide It In
All right so the first one we’re going to look at is Slide It In and this one’s pretty easy; if you’re a total beginner it could be a little challenging. So we’re going to start off just like you’re doing like an A chord, so I’m just barring my first finger across the second fret of the D, G and B strings and that’s A. And then we have a D5 over F sharp (D5/F#) and for this what we’re going to do is we’re going to take your second finger and put it down onto the third fret of the B string and then your third finger onto the fourth fret of the D string and you want to do this at the same time and so this is where it’s kind of challenging to have to put these both fingers simultaneously, so if you’re a beginner you know you might be trying to do this and your fingers are trying to work independently just work it take it slow and just practice raising and setting your fingers down simultaneously. So this is first one is a quarter note and then we have an eighth note and then back to the A; so it’s one two and three four, and we rest on three and four… Okay so then during that rest we’re going to take this shape we’re doing here and we’re going to move it up here to the 7th fret and we’re going to do exactly the same thing, we’re going to put our second finger down onto the eighth fret of the B string and our third finger onto the ninth fret of the D string at the same time just like we did before. So this second measure we we rest on the first sixteenth note of one and then we play and hammer-on for the next two sixteenth notes… and that’s the first two measures. So measures three and four are the same as the first two and the whole thing just repeats…
Whitesnake Riff-2 Give Me All Of Your Love
All right so the next we’re going to look at is Give Me All Your Love and this is one of my favorite riffs from this album. So we’re going to start off with this we’re going to be pedaling this open A string and we start off with that palm muted and that’s like the first beat because it’s triplets, so it’s like triple lit… What I like about this is it uses a lot of dyad stuff and if you followed any of my lessons you already know that I’m a big fan of that sort of thing. So we’re gonna start off here we’re doing this G, so I’m on the fifth fret of the D string with my second finger and then I’m on the fourth fret of the G string with my first finger and we’re going to strum that and then take your third finger and put it down onto the fifth fret of the G string; so it’s like triple lit two and three four yell-ow. So you the first beat is a triplet the three and then the fourth beat is also that and then in between you’ve got two and, and then it’s tied to the downbeat of three… so that’s the first measure. Then for the second measure we’re going to come up here and I just use my third finger to barre the seventh fret of the D and the G string and that’s the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we rest and then on the downbeat of three we hit that again and then on the and of three we come and do we barre at the fifth fret on the D and G string and you pick that on the and of two and it’s tied to three. Then for beat number four we have another triplet, but this time it’s the open low E string to the third fret and then to the second fret and that’s your first two measures… And then measures three and four are the same as measures one and two and then the whole thing just repeats…
Whitesnake Riff-3 Still Of The Night
All right and then the last we’re going to look at is Still Of The Night and this is the riff I was talking about in the beginning that like this was the had to know riff like you know this was like the cool riff to know; pretty much everything from this song aside from this riff there’s several others in here that were just the cool thing to know how to do on guitar when I was in high school. All right so with this we’re going to start off on the second fret of the A string with your first finger and we’re going to pick two and then the third fret with your second finger and then back to the two and a pull-off, and this is all sixteenth notes, so one e and uh… then we go to the second fret of the low E string and that’s like the first two beats… Okay and then from there we go to beat number three we go back to the second fret of the A string and we more or less just do the same thing we did for the first part of it; so we have two hammered a three pull off the two pull off to open back to two pull-off to open and then the low E string second fret and then the pull-off and that’s the first measure… Then starting on the second measure we have second fret of the low E string and we’re gonna hit this three times, but it’s an eighth note and then two sixteenth notes, so it’s like… and we palm mute it and keep your finger there and take your third finger and move it up to the fourth fret of the D string and we’re gonna hit that and then come back to the low E string, still on the second fret, hit that twice and then the open string… then we’re going to hit this kind of extended E5 power chord; low E string is open and then my first finger is barring the second fret of the A and the D string and then my third finger is on the fourth fret of the G string and my pinky is on the fifth fret of the B string… nice big full heavy sounding chord and this is on beat three and it’s a quarter note. And then for beat four we go to a B chord and your first finger is already where it needs to be so we’re just going to take our third finger and just move it from the fourth fret of the G string to the fourth fret of the D string and lay it down… and that’s the first two measures. All right then moving on to the third measure of this it’s actually the same as the first measure and then going on to the fourth measure starts off the same as the second measure did, except we go to a B and then to an A. So I’m just playing the a string over ring the second fret of the D, G and B strings and then to an F sharp five (F#5); so now I just take my first finger move it all the way down here to the second fret of the low E string, third finger fourth fret of the A string, fourth finger fourth fret of the D string and that’s a whole note. So the whole thing slowly…
All right so there you have it, three cool and fun to play easily recognizable riffs from Whitesnake. 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 subjects. If you’ve not 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. That is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.