Rock Out With These 3 Killer Judas Priest Riffs

Rock out with these 3 killer Judas Priest riffs with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with this killer Judas Priest riff lesson.

Judas Priest riffs

Introduction

How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I want to show you how to play three pretty cool classic Judas Priest riffs. 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 these Judas Priest riffs.

Judas Priest Riff-1 – The Green Manalishi

All right so the first Judas Priest riff we’re going to look at is The Green Manalishi. So this one’s pretty easy it’s just made up of a bunch of power chord shapes. So the very first one we’re going to start with here we’re on the seventh fret of the A string with my first finger and then I’m using my third finger to barre the ninth fret of the D and the G string… Now you could do it with your third and fourth finger, either way is fine, just whatever is more comfortable for you, whatever you can do it better. So this is the shape that we’re going to be using for all of this and we start off this first strum of this on the downbeat of one; so we’ve got one, and then on the and of one we’re gonna move down a whole step to D5 here so we’re at the fifth and seventh fret and then back up to E5 and that’s like one and two and, so it’s a quarter note tied to another eighth note and we’ve got one and two three and then on the and of three we’re going to move that shape all the way up here. So we’re at the 10th and 12th fret, so this would be G5 and we’re going to hit that and then we’re going to so that’s the first measure. Then we’re going to come bring that shape down here to D5 again and we rest on the downbeat of one and then on the end of one we hit this on the and of one and the down beat of two and the and of two; so one and two and then we rest on the and of two and then we rest on the downbeat of three and then we come back up to E5 again and it’s and four and on the and before we come back down to the D and that’s our first two measures… Then on the third measure we hit that D5 again and we move it down a whole step to C5 so now I’m on the third fret with my first finger and the fifth fret with my third and this is and two three and four and, and it rings out for quite a while… And then that’s tied to the downbeat of one of the fourth measure so you’re still bringing out one and then on the and of one we’re gonna move it down a half step to B5 and back to C5 for three and then back up to D5 four and four and then on the and of four back to five and we’re back to the 7th and 9th right back to the E5 and then the whole riff just repeats…

Judas Priest Riff-2 – Electric Eye

All right so the next Judas Priest riff we’re going to look at is uh the riff from Electric Eye. So a couple years ago I did one on how to play the uh the intro to the song, The Hellion part of it so I’ll leave a link for that here that you can you can go check that out, but this is just the part that comes in after the intro before the verse starts; so this is just made up of single notes and it’s all played on the low E and the A string. So we start off we rest on the downbeat of one and then on the and of one we hit our open low E string; so we’ve got open low E to the seventh fret of the A string with my first finger because the notes we’re going to be playing here seven with our first finger and then nine with our third finger and then ten with our fourth finger all on the A string… So we have that little riff is kind of repeating and then we we’re going to go to different notes after you know each time we do that so the first time we go to the eighth fret of the low E string and then we repeat that line again. Now we’re going to go to the fifth fret of the low E string and repeat that line again to the eighth or to the seventh fret… and then open nine and then the riff just repeats.

Judas Priest Riff-3 – Painkiller

All right so then the last Judas Priest riff we’re going to look at is it’s kind of the main riff from the song Painkiller. So this is used during the first part, this is like the riff when the guitar very first comes in after the long drum introduction and then this is used uh throughout the verse as well. So this is actually very similar to the to Electric Eye, but what we’re gonna do is instead of being here, we’re just gonna move that down so now we’re at five, seven and eight… So this one starts right on the downbeat of one and it’s all made up of eighth notes except the very last part. So we start with the seventh fret of the A string with your third finger and that’s one, and then on the and of one we’re gonna hit the open low E string, but palm muted for and two and then on the and of two we go to the fifth fret of the A string and then we do two more pedals back to the seven, two more pedals to the eighth fret and then two more pedals again back to the seven and then one open low E string and we’re going to come down to the third fret and we’re going to pick that and pull-off, but we’re going to do a slight slight quarter step bend and then we’re back to the seventh here again and that’s like the first two measures… Then starting on the third measure is actually the same as the first measure so back to that. So this is in the fourth measure now and we’re gonna do a B flat five (Bb5); so first finger on the sixth fret of the low E string  and third finger on the eighth fret of the A string and we hit that on the downbeat of three and it’s a half note, so three, four and then it just repeats. Now with this riff they do they hit a lot of pinch harmonics on there so you want to try to include those if you can…

Conclusion

All right so there you have it; three cool classic Judas Priest riffs that aren’t too terribly tough to play, but they’re kind of fun to play. As you can see on those last two that it’s kind of the same riff, they just you know moved it to a different location, but it’s still kind of the same fingering and stuff. 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 these Judas Priest riffs 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 Rock Out With These 3 Killer Judas Priest Riffs and have a great day.

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