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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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A Beginner’s Guide to Power Chords

Power chords are one of the easiest types of guitar chords to learn when you’re starting out on the guitar. Technically, they’re not actually true chords, because they don’t have three distinct notes, using just the root note and the fifth, which means they’re a diad rather than a chord. But let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Because they’re not full chords, power chords are able to stand in as replacements instead of either major or minor chords. This makes them very handy, especially for beginners who perhaps don’t know some of those chords. Don’t know how to play a C#m bar chord? Just play a power chord off the C# and you’ll get by okay.

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If you didn’t catch it from the video, the basic pattern of a power chord is as follows. The examples below are of an A and a D power chord.

5 – 7 – 7 – X – X – X  (A)


X – 5 – 7 – 7 – X – X  (D)

Remember, make sure you don’t play the strings marked by X. They’re not part of the chord. Now, go have some fun with those power chords!