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This classic riff will really get your fingers stretching. E|------------------||--------------3--3---------------------------------|||, Genre: rock | BPM: 108 | Released: 1975 | Tabs | Tutorial. |-----0-0h2---2h3-------2-|------0-0h2---2-2h3-2-0----| B|----3---------3---------------------------------| G|--------------------------------------------------------------------| A|-----5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5----------| D|----0--0---2-| A palm-muted technique is thus required. E |--3-----x-----3-------------|----------------------------|, E |----------------------------|----------------------------|| e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| Even though this song was released decades ago, it still has the same punch and groove. A|-------12----(12)-----------------------10---(10)--------------------------| B|-------------6-|------------------|-----------------|------------------| Depending on where you are in your learning process, you might find that you’re more comfortable with either chords or scale notes. Riff 1 (x3) This Rock riff is based on the minor scale, with an overdrive effect to give it that signature sound typical to rock songs. It is played in the key of G, and the intro riff to the song might just be the most popular G major riff ever recorded. Gb|--------14-12----14----14--|--------14-12----14----14--| G|----------------3-3-0-|----------------6-6-6-| D|-0--0--0----------------0--0--0---------------------|, E|----------------------------------------------------| This four-bar riff plays best on an electric guitar with distortion effects for a more authentic sound. To play it in the key of the original, you need to tune your guitar to Eb tuning, which means every string is a half step down: D# G# C# F# A# D#. The aim of this piece – which I hope I have achieved, is to spur you to learn this less stressful guitar riffs and move on to more difficult riffs. This classic Aerosmith song was so good that it was two hits in one. G|-------------------------------------------------------------| It requires playing a lead-in to the D chord, then playing the G, and finally the A chord. E|---------------------------|--1--3-----1-3-----3-------|, Genre: funk rock | BPM: 117 | Released: 2002 | Tabs | Tutorial. I like teaching this to beginners a lot, as it also offers a chance to practice changing between chords. Check it out and have a try! The riff is played in the key of Bm on the minor scale, which is very evident by the strong presence of the open D string, which is the minor 3rd of the scale. How to play Glory Days riff by Bruce Springsteen. A|-----------------|---------------|----------------|-------| G|-----------------------------| It starts 5 seconds into the song. B|-----14h16----16p14-16----------14-16----14h16----16p14-16----------14-16| D|-------------0--2----2------2-----2--0-----0-| We may link to products if we deem helpful to the reader. A|----------------------------|---------------------------| This song is proof that a truly great intro can stand on its own. These riffs will not only spice up your playing but will help you learn other techniques faster. The lesson below teaches this easy guitar riff using standard tuning. D|--------||-----------------------------------|| The hammer-ons on the 4th fret are the only articulation needed to add to the chords for a perfect riff score. Keith Richards loved to tune his guitar to alternate tunings. G|----9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--|---9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--| G|---------------5-4-2---4-------------5-4-2---4-----------------------------| D|--------2--3-4------|-------------2--3-4-------------------| Feel free to start with any category you are most comfortable with, but move on to the next group once you’ve perfected a few of the riffs from one class. e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| Here is the tablature for the intro, it's a bit long, so you might want to practice each section separately and put it all together as you can. A|------0h2------------2---------------------2-| Oh, and it's fast as well. A|-------|---0--3~---------------|---0-0-0-0-3~--------------| B|----------------------------------------------------| A|---------------------------------------10--5---6---------------------------| A|-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-7-7-5-| This one is a bit harder, as it requires barre chords. D|---------------------------|---------------------------| G|---------------------0---------------------2-| Genre: hard rock | BPM: 140 | Released: 1978 | Tabs | Tutorial. B|---------------------| These are some of the best guitar riffs of all time, so as a guitarist, you really need to know them. The intro riff to Chasing Cars is another good one to practice your timing and develop your sense of rhythm. E|---------------------------------------8---3---4---------------------------|, Genre: rock | BPM: 133 | Released: 1969 | Tabs | Tutorial. A|-2--2----2--4--5----5-5p4-4p2-| D||-----------------|---------------------||----------------|-------0-| You're in for a real treat with this riff. Turn up your distortion and watch those muted strings. G5 and G#5 are fingered on the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings, sliding through the chords when playing them. It is actually 2 riffs in one, as it's played 1 whole tone higher as well. B|---------------------3---------------------3-| The 1st bar notes played in the sequence are E, G, G#, B, E, D, while 2nd bar notes are B, F#, B, D, E. See Tab notations below, Tab notations for Day Tripper riff by the Beatles (Self-taken), How to play Day Tripper riff by the Beatles. E|-------------------------------------|--------------------------------|, Genre: rock | BPM: 124 | Released: 1963 | Tabs | Tutorial. e|----9-9-9-9-9--7-7-7-7-7----9-9-9-9-9---6-6-6-6-6------| G |--------x--------------2L---|--2-----x-----2-----x-------| E||-----------------|---------------------||----------------|---------|, Genre: rock | BPM: 134 | Released: 1985 | Tabs | Tutorial. Gb|--12----14-12----14----14--|--12----14-12----14----14--| G|----------------11-12------------------11-12--------| e|------------------------------------------------| G|-----4---4h6p4---4-|-----4---4h6p4---4-|-------------------|-----6---6h8p6---6-| A|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|-------------------------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7--7--7--7--7-| There are actually 2 famous riffs in this song. E|-------------5----------7-----------2-----------|. Eb|(0)-3------------|-------------|, Genre: heavy metal | BPM: 82 | Released: 1980 | Tabs | Tutorial. D---------------------------|------------------------| B|-------------------|-8---------------|------------------------|----------------| |2h3--------3-------------|-2h3--------------------3--|, |--------------------------|--------------------------| There are actually 2 great riffs in this song, one played by the bass guitar, and the other by the lead guitar. A|--------||-----------------------------------|| Bb|-----|-----------------|-----------------| Genre: hip hop | BPM: 171 | Released: 2002 | Tabs | Tutorial, Who would have thought Eminem can compose guitar riffs and lyrics right? B|------------------------------------------------------------------| G|-----------------------------| This final riff utilizes four power chords played in sequence over four bars as the intro and intermittently throughout the song. B |--------x--------------0L---|--0-----x-----0-----x-------| D|--0---3---5----0-|---3---6-5-----|-0---3---5----3-|---0---| Ab|---------------------------|---------------------------| E|-------------------|-----------------|------------------------|----------------|, Genre: pop rock | BPM: 126 | Released: 1974| Tabs | Tutorial. This funky riff might be the hardest one in this collection. G|-------|-----------------------|---------------------------| E|----------10-8-7--|, Genre: grunge | BPM: 116 | Released: 1991 | Tabs | Tutorial. D|-2---------------0-0-0----------2-2-|2---------------------------------o| D|-7/9--6/7---4/5---2/3--------| C|--------||o---------------------------------o|| E|-----------14----------16-14-13----------------14----------18-16-13------| |---------------3----------------| A|-3--5-5-3-5--| B|-----7b8r7-----------| e|------------------------------------------------------------------| B|-------------------------| Repeating the 4 bars one more time completes the intro for the song. B|---------------------------| The intro riff to Twist and Shout defined a generation. Your email address will not be published. A|-6-----------------|-7-----------------|---6---6-------6---|---4---4-------4---| E|-----------------0--x-|------------------3p0-------|, e|-------------------------------------------------------------| A|----------3-3-----------------------------------| G|-------------| See the video below. It is a really cool hard rock riff and is based on the A blues scale. The original secret agent song by Johnny Rivers is a true oldie but goodie. Although the riff can be played in open position using the 3rd and 4th strings, they sound a bit off. Most of the riffs covered here are better played using electric guitars, with some requiring guitar effects like distortion, overdrive, and chorus effects, to reproduce the original sound of the riffs. The main riff is played through the whole song basically. And get this: the main riff is made up of only 3 notes! There is also a bit of a syncopated feel with the rhythm, which gives it a unique sound. A|--2-----2--/7-----------| G|--------||------0---0---------2-------2------|| D|---------7-------7--/9---9-------|-12\11-12\11-12-\-7---7--/9---9-------| You might not know this song based on its title, but hit play on the video below, and you'll recognize the riff. E|---------------|------------------|-----------------|------------------|, e|-------------------|-----------------|------------------------|----------------| E|----------3---|, Genre: alternative | BPM: 120 | Released: 2006 | Tabs | Tutorial. D|----12-12-10--------------14---------10-10-8-------------12----------------| B|-------------------| The slide guitar part is quite simple which makes playing slide much more enjoyable when just starting out. Ever since then, beginner guitarists have not stopped scoring it simply because of the ease to lay it down on the guitar. 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