Guitar Riffs #6 – Fun Rhythm & Riff

Here’s the latest in a gradually growing series of guitar riffs and licks that I’ve been doing.

Basically, this is a 12 bar blues progression I just jammed up for teaching purposes; maybe you can make something of it! The progression is simply I IV V using power chords. So that’s B5, E5, and F#5 as the rhythm section. If you’re unclear about that, please checkout my lesson on power chords for a refresher.

The riffs come out of the B pentatonic minor scale, which starts at the 7th fret. Again, if you need a refresher, checkout my lesson on the pentatonic minor scale. There are a couple small modifications in there as well, but I explain those in the video.

This lesson ties together a few different concepts that we’ve covered over the past while, so it is a bit more advanced than some of the other lessons. If you’re having trouble playing it all, then just pick a single riff out of the lesson, and go work on that. If you can pickup the whole thing right away, then great! Go off and jam with these ideas and make them your own. Don’t feel like you have to play the rhythm or riff the same way I do.

Add your own interpretation. Be creative. And have fun.

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Leave a Reply 18 comments

Chuck - March 23, 2012 Reply

Great Lesson. Like to have heard it with your talent button turned on. I see a wedding band that have not seen before. Glad to see you are suffering like the rest of us.

    Jonathan Boettcher - March 23, 2012 Reply

    Ha, good eye! Actually, I’ve been (quite happily) married for a few years, but until recently I’ve been pretty picky about playing with the ring or anything else on (watch etc). Lately I’ve been a bit more lax with it. I find sometimes those things impede my hand movements a bit. Always amazes me how these rockstar guys play with loads of bling hanging off them!

    Dalek de Skaro - April 11, 2012 Reply

    IF you’re suffering, WHY are you married?

Jesse James - March 24, 2012 Reply

Hi Jonathon,
I have a question for you. This video is a good example of what I am curious about.
When you are changing different patterns within a song, how can you get to change the patterns without throwing you off. I am really struggling with this. In songs that I fool around with and get to strumming I am okay until I need to switch into a different pattern, or beat within a song. It is like I get snake bitten everytime, and then to get back on track it takes me a bit. It is like I am losing the rythmn as I go along.
Another thing is that when I am playing and come to certain spots in a song, I hesitate in doing what I should, and not on purpose either. It is like, when is it a good time to go forward.
This may sound weird, but I really am struggling with this.

    Jonathan Boettcher - March 26, 2012 Reply

    If you’re really struggling with rhythm and timing, I would recommend doing a bit of strum practice with a metronome, or a drum track. Then you can use the metronome to keep on you time, and switch rhythms within that. Jam tracks can also be helpful.

    In terms of getting to the point where you can throw fills in between, I recommend picking some really easy riffs, practicing those until you get them down, and then start going through it all – real slowly – practicing the strum and the riff. As you start getting that nailed down, gradually increase the speed.

    Hope that helps

      Jesse James - March 26, 2012 Reply

      Thanks alot Jonathon, I will try to move forward here. You have given me some tips here that I appreciate.

Jesse James - March 24, 2012 Reply

Oh, by the way, I like that Canada top you are wearing. Were you up here recently, as it looks quite new.

    Jonathan Boettcher - March 26, 2012 Reply

    Hey Jesse – I live in Abbotsford!

      Jesse James - March 26, 2012 Reply

      Oh, right on, I thought you live down in the States for some reason. Well I am just next door here in Edmonton. Abbotsford is a nice place as is Chilliwack and taht whole area. Great fishing

eddie - April 11, 2012 Reply

are we not worthy of lessons as also?
oh well, let me know when the bassists have a lesson or two…

Tony Jancsar - April 11, 2012 Reply

Good job! very cool riff

Omni - April 11, 2012 Reply

Hi Jonathan,

What brand is the guitar you’re using in this video? I couldn’t figure out.


    Jonathan Boettcher - April 11, 2012 Reply

    It’s a Fury – made in Canada eh!

Angus - April 17, 2012 Reply

very good practice material…thanx JB

geoff - May 18, 2012 Reply

Tabs would help

john - February 6, 2015 Reply

Jessie h amws are you a natural lefty by any chance?

Douglas - February 26, 2015 Reply

Very good lesson. Good stuff to learn.

erdogan - November 18, 2016 Reply

thanks a lot Jonathan great lesson I appreciate.

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