Guitar Trick to Make New Riffs and Licks


Goooood mornin.

How are you?

I feel kind of “meh” this morning, but I plan
to hit the gym and that usually gives me
a new energy for the day.

What can I share with you today in the world of

I was just playing an old favorite this morning:
Badge, by Cream.

We used to play this one with the band and I would wail
the solo note for note that Clapton improvised at
the Rainbow concert.

Fun stuff.

Anyway, the bridge part reminds me of an interesting
musical idea. Here it is:

Play the bass note of a chord, then two
other notes in the chord seperately,
so you have a 3 note melody.

Then repeat it a few times, but change
the bass note each time.

For example, take a D chord. Play
the open D string, then the A note
on the 2nd fret of the G string, then
the D note on the 3rd fret of the B string.

Repeat it, but instead of playing the open
D, play a low C on the 3rd fret of the A string.

Repeat it again, but use the B on the 2nd fret
of the A string as your bass note.

Finally, repeat it again, but use the G on the
3rd fret of the low E string as your bass note.

So you have this:


This is a classic technique also seen in
other tunes, such as “More Than a Feelin” by Boston.

The Beatles also used this technique a lot.

Try it with different chords such as A or E.

The cool thing is, you can use it on any chord you want –
minor chords… whatever.

Try using it on multiple chords in a row.
It’s a lot of fun for creating new , cool guitar riffs and licks.

If you want a no-brainer formula for playing all your favorite
tunes, check out
and watch my short presentation.

By the way, I thought I’d send you this idea today instead of something
bluesy because we have lots of blues ideas coming from
Sol on the new blog.

We’ll have have more blues lessons for you next week,
so stay tuned.

Rock on,

Claude Johnson

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