The One String Rockstar Riff

Alright all you one finger wonders out there, this one is for you! This is a fun kind of riff that you can really do pretty much anything you want with, once you get the hang of it.

The main idea is that you’re using the open E string as a drone, and then you’re hitting notes out of the scale on that same string. You can use this in different keys, only make sure that there’s always an ‘E’ in the key you’re working off.

Need more ideas? Try working off a different string. Try moving between strings, or if you’re really up for it, try using one string as a drone and pull your notes off a different string.

Really, the sky is the limit, but this should get you started. Have fun.

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Ddepaolis6574 - January 25, 2013 Reply

interesting, thank you. I’ll be using it

Alvin Thompson - January 25, 2013 Reply

good stuff brothrf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan - January 25, 2013 Reply

Ya got the thunderstruck sound. Thanks Colin

Richard - January 25, 2013 Reply

This is a very good lesson.  It could be very helpful for a beginning guitarist.  Thanks.  Would like to see more lessons like this.

Cody Jarrett - February 15, 2013 Reply

Is it possible to have a lesson up close for JET BOY by the New York Dolls

strumz - May 26, 2013 Reply

I am having a hard time understanding why a C note is included in the scale.

    strumz - May 26, 2013 Reply

    I did not realize that the notes in each pentatonic minor scale vary. I was counting off the E-minor pentatonic. Very nice indeed! Thanks for the continuing knowledge!

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