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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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  2. 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!

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  3. 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.

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