Modern music from the 1960’s onwards pioneered the guitar “riff”, the instantly recognised melody that introduced the songs and had fans dancing in the aisles before anyone started singing anything. Learning to play these iconic riffs can give you a great insight into how simple (and maybe not so simple) note patterns can really make a song come alive. So I’ve chosen seven well-known riffs you can start with and have a lot of fun, too. Feel free to share your favourite guitar riffs in the comments section below. The best way to learn any riff including the examples below would be to figure out the notes, then create an exercise in our free Uberchord app to keep track of your progress. That’s way easier than having to refer to the tutorial videos all the time. Every new riff you hear today has its roots in these kinds of songs. Have a listen, learn them, and all sorts of possibilities will open up for your guitar playing.