Cool Country Blues Riffs

Country and blues share a lot of things, riffs included, so this blues riff should work well for any of you country and / or blues fans out there. In many cases, the only thing limiting the genre of a particular riff is your tone and timing; so with a little effort you can actually turn many things into country blues riffs.

Although Colin did this particular lesson on an acoustic guitar, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from using these same blues riffs on an electric if that’s what you prefer.

This riff sounds great played over an E7 chord, and is based on E pentatonic minor. If you change chords, you’ll have to change the scale pattern you’re playing out of. Notice in the video that when he goes to the A7, he moves to the A pentatonic minor position as well.

If you’re on top of it, this and other blues riffs can be moved into any key you want to play in. Just identify which key and guitar scale you need to be using, and go from there.

Cool Country Blues Riffs

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Louis - October 24, 2011 Reply

Love the shirt and your playing is just awesome…thanks.. I’ll keep practicing and you keep teaching….chy7

    Plu Hunter - August 15, 2015 Reply

    Yeah – great shirt. Where’d you get it? Lesson’s good … Thanks Colin

James A. Pitts - October 30, 2011 Reply

Please show tabs

Gordon Vaughan Sinclair Holmes - October 31, 2011 Reply

Nice Shirt..Reminds me of The Bonzo’s song “Shaking the Shirt.”

That is a cool lick I can see how that scale sort of builds up into so many things!

Hi to Abby from New West!

Jim - January 15, 2013 Reply

Very good lesson,but should slow down about half way through and show what he is doing for the nubees.I know he wants you to buy his CD’s but what is a little riff here and there going to hurt. Thanks

    jstin - September 21, 2013 Reply

    Jim as you know he doesn’t have much time to even show you lick If your playing in E and you got know the lick It’s the same thing in A & B you are uising second finger which is the finger when you slide up to a or b I’m sure his DVD’s he has the time to slow down and let you get it got it.

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