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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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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!