2 Cool Blues Guitar Riffs

I know how much you all like riffs, so I’m hoping you’re gonna like these two blues guitar riffs as much as I do.

The first of these blues guitar riffs is basically working off the fourths you find in the pentatonic minor scale. You’re essentially doing mini bars with your fingers… just grabbing two strings at a time though.

Feel free to have fun with this… mix up the order, experiment with hammer-ons and pull offs, and even with the open notes I mentioned. If you look at your Am Pentatonic, you’ll see that E, A, D, G are all in that scale – so that means that you can use those as open notes as well, even when you’re playing from the fifth fret.

I talk about the fourths and fifths and other intervals a lot more in my lesson on guitar scales.

The second of these blues guitar riffs also uses fourths… this time on the top two strings. Adding a string bend makes it sound really cool.

If you need a refresher, you might want to revisit the pentatonic minor scale.

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If you liked the style and difficulty level of this guitar riff, you might like to check out my short course that contains a bunch more guitar riffs in G major.

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DON - December 22, 2009 Reply

ROCK ON,COOL RIFFS.HEY IF YOU GET A CHANCE YOU THINK YOU CHOULD SHOOT ME ONE OF THOSE CHEAT SHEETS,I SINGED UP BUT NEVER GOT THANKS, AFTER CHRISTMAS I AM GOING TO GET OFF THE FENCE AND ORDER THE I,IV,V LESSON

Jonathan Boettcher - December 22, 2009 Reply

Hey Don – sent you an email. Cheers… J.

Buck - December 23, 2009 Reply

why don’t you put the tabs for some of these cool licks you send to us . that way we have something to study by . thanks buck

Rand - June 1, 2010 Reply

Great stuff easy to understand Thanks

Bill - June 3, 2010 Reply

Jon,

Could you please throw in a few country riffs every now and then? A lot of those are pretty close to blues anyway! Keep up the good work!

jerry palladino - July 5, 2010 Reply

I’m getting much better at soloing, however, I still can’t play the actual melody of a song. Is there an easy way to find the actual melody notes of a song? I can noodle around forever even on simple tunes and never get it quite right.

Jonathan Boettcher - July 6, 2010 Reply

Hi Jerry,

Hmm, well you could try slowing the song down, that might help you really identify the exact notes… you can try using something like this software: http://www.GuitarRiffMaster.com

Other than that, I don’t really have any tricks up my sleeve for that kind of thing.

x-ray - January 26, 2011 Reply

thank-u john kinda needed that riff..

Stevie - February 16, 2011 Reply

Do you like blues?? listen to this guy

J. R. Roy - August 4, 2011 Reply

Thanks for the posts….very helpful, good explanation. As I keep adding your ideas, I see my playing slowly improving….Thanks! JR

Tenodogblue - June 7, 2012 Reply

Thank you, really am making good progress with your help!! Dr Paul UK

Erdoganessat897 - June 29, 2012 Reply

thanks for the lesson.

Douglas - September 19, 2014 Reply

Very good lesson to help in learning the blues

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