#1
I've been playing guitar for a good couple of years now so i know my way around the fretboard, i can shred pretty well and i know how to write reasonably good melodies, the only trouble is, i cant riff.

Most of the riffs i use end up being on one or 2 strings or use the power chord shape in some way.

Can anyone help me get out of this habit?
#2
A riff only has to sound good, it doesn't have to be complicated.
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#3
I know, but i keep finding myself in the same pattern with all my riffs sounding exactly the same :L it can get very annoying.
#4
Stop trying to write stuff with the guitar in your hand.
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#5
Learn some cool riffs that use more than just two strings from popular bands you like, then you know what to do more (without copying them) and you can come up with your own ideas.
#7
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Stop trying to write stuff with the guitar in your hand.

this^

try to write it on paper or on guitar pro. this should allow you to do whatever since you don't have to work with your own muscle memory habits...
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#8
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Stop trying to write stuff with the guitar in your hand.


I agree with Seagull. From experience, I see that good song ideas come easier when you "try to make the sound" in your head (as strange as that sounds), and not try to write the song with the guitar in your hands.

Also, try to use a mix of several different ideas, such as open strings, arpeggios, chords, slides, bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs, etc, in your riffs. Most of these techniques are used in lead guitar, but help make for exciting sounding licks as well.