Play Like Chuck Berry: Inspired Licks

Chuck Berry wrote and played some of the most iconic rock and roll guitar licks of all time. Today, we’re going to take a look at one of those Chuck Berry licks in detail so you can go to town with it!

This one comes out of the pentatonic minor 2 position scale; basically just the pentatonic minor scale with part of the adjacent pentatonic major scale tacked on. All riffs come out of a scale. You can kick, scream, and argue, but it will never change the cold hard facts. That’s why it is so important to learn your scales – it gives you a framework within which to quickly learn new riffs.

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Alright, grab your guitar, and let’s dive into the lesson. Colin Daniel goes into more detail on this type of stuff inside the Riff Ninja Academy.

Chuck Berry Licks

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Leave a Reply 9 comments

Bruce - November 22, 2012 Reply

You’re very good Colin , but play the riff first in real time to peak our interest so we care to watch more. lf you don’t play riff first , n go straight into the dink dink dink , level, it is harder to follow with as much interest as if riff played first.

mtman2 - November 23, 2012 Reply

Great lesson Colin!  This Orange belt Ninja really enjoys following your methodology.  Keep these lessons coming!  How about a quick one on Tommy Bolin and Robin Trower?  I notice some similarities this lesson has with the much longer John Fogerty lesson within the Riff Ninja members site.  thanks!!!

Quickstickvic - January 26, 2013 Reply

Cool wish had some tabs

M_dolich56 - January 29, 2013 Reply

I agree with Quickstickvic, post the tabs along with the video.

Richard John - May 9, 2013 Reply

I seem to be unable to access the lessons from this screen. I’ve registered w/ the “Learn to Play Guitar by Email” to no avail. What do you suggest?

    Jonathan Boettcher - May 9, 2013 Reply

    Hi Richard, we’re trying to get this fixed – it seems to be a problem only when people are using an older version of Internet Explorer. Is that what you’re using? I’d recommend updating, or else using a different web browser, such as FireFox, Chrome, or Safari.

ptrwatch - December 29, 2013 Reply

Hey, Colin,
I wouldn’t mind learning that ending riff. Some pull offs in the pentatonic on G root?

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