Category Archives: Easy Riffs

Iron Maiden Style Riffs

Here is a cool lesson from Neil Walter, lead instructor at GuitarTricks.com on how to create Iron Maiden style riffs in the vein of ‘Hallowed by thy Name and “Aces High”. Riffs may seem complicated but it’s really the notes in between the chords that make a riff work, Neal shares his insight on how…

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Cool 80’s Van Halen Style Guitar Trick

Here is a fun lesson from Neil Walter over at GuitarTricks.com where he teaches you how to incorporate volume swells in to your guitar playing.  Very Van Halen Cathedral sounding! Tricks like this can really add a whole new dimension to your playing and can be as simple as rotating your volume knob. Have fun…

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Lick

Since its the 30th anniversary of SRV’s Texas Flood, I thought it would be fun to learn some licks in the style of the late, great blues master. I happen to come across a 2 part video that JamPlay instructor Chris Liepe did recently for his weekly Liepe’s Licks series.  This is an awesome example…

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FREE 34 Minute Blues Guitar Lesson From Marty Schwartz

In case you didn’t hear about it, Marty Schwartz of GuitarJamz just released a brand new 34 minute blues guitar video lesson. So what exactly is it? Marty is calling it his “Good Karma Free Guitar Lesson.” This is a cool-but-easy lesson that has three parts to it: 1.   Learn the 12-bar blues with only two…

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Blues Guitar Lesson Stevie Ray Vaughan Style Lick

GuitarTricks is one of my favorite online resources for guitar lessons.  Their song lessons are some of the best I have seen.  They offer a full access 14 day free trial.  Its a great way to learn some new skills and songs while trying out the site for a full 2  weeks Disclosure: We are sometimes…

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Greatest Rock Riffs of All Time

A guitar riff is defined as a series of notes, a chord pattern, or musical phrase that is repeated over and over again in a song, or heard only once, say, in a lead guitar solo. Riffs can be minor decorative elements or they can be the basis of an entire song. The best riffs…

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Learn the Intro to Metallica Fade to Black

I havent posted any riffs in a while and thought it would be fun to do one.  Here is a classic riff from the mighty Metallica.  From the 1984 album Ride the Lighting, the song Fade to Black was the first single to be released from the album. Other interesting facts about the song  include…

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Basic Blues Guitar Rhythm Lesson

The following is a basic blues riff in the key of “A”. This riff is made up of two note chords commonly called open power chords. The chord names above the staff are there as a reference while you play along.   This riff should sound very familiar, it’s used more than any other blues…

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Learn Blues Licks

In my last post, I provided a fantastic free ebook from NextLevelGuitar on playing the blues.  Once  you have read through the material and had a chance to work with it, click the link below to watch a video where David Taub, co-creator of NextLevelGuitar teaches you how to use the information in that ebook…

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Free Keith Richards Guitar Lesson

  From GuitarTricks.com comes another great free video guitar lesson.  This week we are highlighting the rhythm styles of Keith Richards of the mega rock band the Rolling Stones.    Disclosure: We are sometimes awarded commissions on the sales of products and services featured on this site. We test each product thoroughly and recommend only…

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