#1
I can't stand this anymore! I can write GREAT chord progressions but come on people.....how many progressions are left out there....

I'm tired of making songs just out of chords.

I want to start making rock riffs. I have no idea how though...Do I just fumbled with notes until it sounds good?

AND I'm talking about NOTE riffs....not riffs made up of chords.

PLEASE HELP! THANKS
#2
Use scales. Fool around with the scales until you come up with something that sounds catchy. Then write out the notes and put chords to it. For a bridge go to the relative minor/major and come up with something there. Just a basic idea.
#4
this may sound cheesy, but... ONE MUST ROCK to write a good rock riff.... that probably doesn't help, but what i mean is that sometimes you just need to find a fun little pattern to play nice and loud that doesn't pay any attention to what key it's in, and more on how it sounds, and how it makes you feel.

I often write riffs by just playing random crap till i hear two or three notes in a row that i like, and then i go from there. once i have a nice little part, i'll see if i can figure out what key and scale i'm using, which makes it easier to add parts.
#6
Use the penatonic scales, blues scale, major and minor scales ... improvise with them. Learn lots of riffs other people have written - especially catchy ones - and write variations of them.
#7
try jamming along with some songs in a style you like and fool around a bit. that's how I've come up with some good ones
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#8
Yeah I find it hard too. That's why Jimmy Page is a genius, he just pumped out those winning licks. I find that you need to be in the right groove. So let's say one day you're really in a rock "vibe" (its hard to explain), pick up the guitar and something will come to you, as long as you know a few scales. Also, use the same scales as certain Zeppelin or other rock songs.
#9
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I can't stand this anymore! I can write GREAT chord progressions but come on people.....how many progressions are left out there....

Chord progressions are used and reused all the time.

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I'm tired of making songs just out of chords.

Guess what? That's how all songs are written.

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AND I'm talking about NOTE riffs....not riffs made up of chords.

When you write a progression, try laying a melody over it. It makes writing melodies a lot easier. How do you write them? Here's a little tip that helps a lot. Stay in the chord. For example, if the chord is A minor, don't end on a D.
#10
No matter what scales will you use. Most important thing is to learn how to fit riff into bars.
For start don't use more than 1 octave.
Play with drum beat. Or even just imagine some drum beat.
Learn other people riffs.
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#11
Just practice improving and see what you come up with? Play over your favourite song or something...but be careful not to rip it off!
#12
Mess with scales like everyone else said, cept i don't like the pentatonic scale:/ everything i write using that usually sounds like something else or sounds like crap, probably cuz i can't get that creative with 'emXD I prefer the major scale or dif modes of it.
#13
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#14
Think of a riff in your head, then play it on your guitar
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