Classic Rock Guitar Riffs For Beginner To Learn

Classic Rock Guitar Riffs For Beginner To Learn

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.

Classic Rock Guitar Riffs For Beginner To Learn

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The Rolling Stones have been performing for over fifty years and during that long career the band has been remarkable in maintaining close to its original line-up. Looking for new ideas, the guitarist, Keith Richards, is well-known for experimenting by playing songs in alternative tunings. If you try and learn a Rolling Stones song and it doesn’t quite work—check if Richards used standard tuning or not. However, Can’t Get No Satisfaction is one of the band’s earlier songs and it is in EADGBE tuning. The opening riff couldn’t be simpler, just a three-note progression, and it became an absolute trademark for the band. Apparently, the riff was originally intended to be for a horn section. No one’s complaining that it stayed as a guitar intro. The House Of The Rising Sun is one of those opening riffs that’s been covered, tweaked and re-invented a hundred times by many bands over the decades, but The Animal’s version is still easily the most well-known. However, believe it or not, music historians insist that the song had been around for maybe two hundred years before The Animals turned it into a number one hit.

It’s based on a traditional folk song, which probably explains the right-hand, cascading strum style in which the chords should be played. By the way, if you’re tempted to learn and sing House Of The Rising Sun, you could be in for a surprise. The key and starting pitch is high and beyond the reach of many aspiring singers. Stick with playing the guitar—that’s much more fun. Everyone knows just how influential The Beatles were on modern rock music. Arguably, along with just a few other acts of their era, The Beatle started almost everything.

Even so, with the enormous amount of similar material being produced in the years since, it’s still often overlooked just how innovative their approach to song writing became. John Lennon’s opening riff and lead guitar was truly a musical brainwave. Nobody else was creating that kind of sound or music. He wrote it under pressure, trying to come up with another hit single in a hurry. Back in 1965 it wasn’t a great idea to admit the song was about drugs and both Lennon and McCartney didn’t say too much.

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