String Stretching Riff For Beginners

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn a cool blues riff that revolves around a string stretch. This is kind of an “advanced-beginner” level riff, because the overall riff is fairly easy to pickup; however to really pull it off smoothly you need to be able to master a couple important techniques.

The stretch itself is important, and Colin’s note about using more than one finger to give the stretch extra strength will really help you out. Also, keep in mind you’re stretching up a full tone, and he shows you how to find out what that is supposed to sound like.

The other part that is quite important is getting the mute down correctly. This might take a bit of practice, but it is a very useful technique to master. Ready? Let’s dive in.

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Billyj Burbridge - January 10, 2013 Reply

Unlike other post that berate you for taking so much time to explain the riff. I really appreciate the extra time you spend for the beginners sake. I know everyone did not start knowing all these tricks, so keep on the way you teach. I know most of us appreciate your efforts.

    Sandra McIntyre - March 25, 2013 Reply

    I completely agree. Sometimes, Colin says things so clearly that even if I have heard the same concept from other teachers before, when Colin explains and demonstrates it, it just clicks into place, for me. I love his videos, and his are among the first I have enjoyed enough to purchase, because I know I can return to spots over and over again, learning new things each time I listen or play along. Great stuff, and I have been playing for a few years.

Grzzes - January 10, 2013 Reply

the streatch is sharp..higher than the 5th fret…practice with a tuner… nice led zep lemon tree cover…

Bobby - January 10, 2013 Reply

why would you not just call it a bend,because that is what it really is,but i like the video.

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 10, 2013 Reply

     Riff/Lick… Stretch/Bend… means the same thing.

Jim T - January 10, 2013 Reply

Key of G has one sharp  F# as shown here key of E has 4# need to adjust notation.  I agree it’s a bend. If this is for beginners better to start bends further from the nut.  Why set up a beginner for failure. Do something in A minor pentnatonic with an easy G string bend?

    noone - January 10, 2013 Reply

    It’s E minor dumbass!

Bobby - January 11, 2013 Reply

collen, Do you have any advice for a beginner, who has really small hands for a guy?  to be hoest they look kike they belong to a 10 year old. I have a really hard time streatching my fingers out(for example when i put my index finger on the 6th string of the second fret,then try to put my 3rd finger on the 6th string of the 4th fret i can’t do it,i have to use my pinkie,do you have any helpfull advice for me.
                                                                              Thanks Bobby

Alkanosky - January 12, 2013 Reply

I love it!   Thank You

frank2 - January 12, 2013 Reply

Bobby: it’s ok to use your pinkie. also, drop your thumb lower , move it toward your other hand & square your hand to the fretboard  for easier stretching-fran

    Bobby_smela - January 14, 2013 Reply

    thanks Frank, I’ll give that a try then maybe finally i can get it to ware my fingers are not touching when i play the the like the 4th and 3rd string on the fret or any other strings on the same fret for that matter,but again thanks for the advice.

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