Easy Methods To Write Melodic Riff

author: Mohaiminul date: 09/05/2012 category: songwriting & lyrics
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Easy Methods To Write Melodic Riff
In this article I'm trying to show some easy methods of writing melodic riffs for metal or rock music. It requires 1 guitar, or 1 lead and 1 backing guitar.

1st: Single Guitar Melodic Riffs


e--11-12---------------
B--------11-12-14------
G-----------------11-13
These are our notes for single guitar melodic riffs. You can make fingering higher or lower if you wish. Now we will make some combinations with these notes. [Note: You can make hundreds of melodies with these notes by eliminating or adding more of them] Use clean tone or acoustic guitar, let ring when play (we'll go to distortion part later). (Use tempo around 100 to 120).
e------11--------11-12--11------------------
B----12--12-14-12---------14-12-12-14-11----
G--13-----------------------------------11--
This riff is from "Only For The Weak" by In Flames. With this type of note combination (higher or lower) you can play: "Master Of Puppets" (1st solo), "Fade To Black" (1st solo), some Children Of Bodom's songs, some Eluveitie riffs any many many many more. This is just a single method, lots of other methods exist. One thing worth noting is that I'm not making an attempt to describe it in details & we are not learning any particular song in this article. Now here is some melodic riffs technique with power chord: Here we'll use distortion tone: (you can palm mute 5th string)
D---9-9-5-5-7-7-4-4
A--7-7-3-3-5-5-2-2-
E------------------
Now, this riff is great both on clean tone or distortion tone. [Note: when playing with distortion palm mute 6th string].
G-----2---4---5----7-----9-
D----3---5---7----8----10--
A---3---5---7----8---10----
E--1---3---5----6---8------
I know this doesn't sound what you expect. Because its just main notes what we will improvise. Now prepare to get blown away:
G--------2-4--4-5---5-7-4-5----5-4-------2---
D-------3----------------5---------------2---
A------3-----5-----7----------3--------2-0---
E---0-1-----3-----5----------1-----0-3-------
Actually this riff sounds awesome on acoustic guitar with different fingering to allow strings to ring. You can use this technique anywhere on your guitar, in higher or lower, in different style, you'll get awesome melodic riffs. I tried to use easy and famous riffs.

2nd: Double Guitar Melodic Riffs

We'll use power chords here to make it easy for everyone. Let's take 2 guitar with metal distortion tone... Yeah!!! (Use tempo around 100 to 120). Lead Guitar:
e------11--------11-12--11------------------
B----12--12-14-12---------14-12-12-14-11----
G--13-----------------------------------11--
Rhythm Guitar (palm mute 6th string):
A---6-6--2-2-2-2-4-4-
E--4-4-0-0--0-0-2-2--
Feeling the power of Metal Melodic Riff?! You can also play lead guitar's harmony. You can tremolo pick in lead. Like power chord fingering, you can use them into 1st and 2nd string for melody, and sure there will be rhythm. And if possible use tremolo picking. Thanks for reading and hope you liked this article. If you have any comments and/or suggestions on the subject, please leave them below.
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