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Cool Guitar Riffs #4 – Open E Pentatonic Minor Riff

Here’s another guitar riff for you, this one taken from the E pentatonic minor scale in the open position.

If you’re having trouble with the stretch, you might want to check that your guitar is setup correctly, or use an electric guitar instead.

Other than that, this riff is pretty basic in its use of the pentatonic scale… just a few hammer ons and pull offs. It isn’t the complexity of a riff that makes it interesting, it is the arrangement of notes, and that’s a key thing to keep in mind when you’re working on your own material.

Speaking of keys… this riff will work well in G major, E minor, or an E ‘blues’ key with a progression like E7 A7 B7. Experiment with it. Have some fun.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

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If you need a touch up on your guitar scales, then I recommend checking out my course on Guitar Scale Patterns, as it digs into that topic in detail, and will be sure to get you on the right track!


Blues Guitar Riff on 3rds

I know how much you guys love learning blues guitar riffs, so here’s another guitar lesson for you to scratch the itch 😉

I love this blues guitar riff, and although in the lesson I teach it in the Open E position, the fact is, I use these thirds time and time again, regardless of what key I’m in. That’s why its so important to see this riff as coming out of the scale – that way you learn how to apply it in any key.

Don’t look at this as something you can only do in open E… yeah, it sounds terrific in E, but these thirds work anywhere. The thirds interval is a great one to familiarize yourself with, there’s just so much you can do with it. I’ll probably do a whole lesson on that soon.

The riff I’m showing you here is suspiciously similar to the one in Mary Had a Little Lamb (Buddy Guy or SRV style) and one of the variations was used in Pride and Joy… so you can see that this riff is definitely a good one for your blues arsenal!

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If you liked the style and difficulty level of this guitar riff, you might like to check out my short course that contains a bunch more guitar riffs in G major.