7 Famous Easy Riffs for Beginners

I've put together 7 easy guitar riffs.

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Hey guys! Right, now I know what it's like to be a beginner guitarist: it's kinda boring, right?

You keep on thinking - when can I learn that cool riff? - or you just wanna impress others by saying: "Yeah, I can play Guns N' Roses," or whatever.

So I've put together 7 easy guitar riffs.

But before we begin, the "Sweet Child O' Mine" intro tab is not mine, and the credit should go to the member jake_luvs_bex, as this intro was tabbed by him (I just included it, as it's a pretty good tab).

Enjoy!

1. Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine" intro



1|-------------15----14----|-------------15----14----|
2|----15-------------------|----15-------------------|
3|-------14-12----14----14-|-------14-12----14----14-|
4|-12----------------------|-12----------------------|
5|-------------------------|-------------------------|
6|-------------------------|-------------------------|

1|-------------15----14----|-------------15----14----|
2|----15-------------------|----15-------------------|
3|-------14-12----14----14-|-------14-12----14----14-|
4|-14----------------------|-14----------------------|
5|-------------------------|-------------------------|
6|-------------------------|-------------------------|

1|-------------15----14----|-------------15----14----|
2|----15-------------------|----15-------------------|
3|-12----14-12----14----14-|-12----14-12----14----14-|
4|-------------------------|-------------------------|
5|-------------------------|-------------------------|
6|-------------------------|-------------------------|

2. Scorpions - "Rock You Like a Hurricane" intro


1|------------------------------|
2|------------------------------|
3|-9-9-9-------------5--7-7-----|
4|-9-9-9---5-5--7-7--5--7-7-----|
5|-7-7-7---5-5--7-7--3--5-5-----|
6|---------3-3--5-5-------------|

3. Michael Jackson - "Beat It" intro



1|---------------------------|---------------------------|
2|---------------------------|---------------------------|
3|----------0----------------|----------0----------------|
4|-------------2--4--2--0--0-|-------------2--4--2--0----|
5|-------2-------------------|-------2-------------------|
6|-0--3----------------------|-0--3----------------------|

4. Black Sabbath - "Iron Man" intro



1|------------------------------------------------|
2|------------------------------------------------|
3|------------------------------------------------|
4|----7--7-9-9---12/11/12/11/12/11--7-7--9-9------|
5|-9--5--5-7-7---10/-9/10/-9/10/-9--5-5--7-7------|
6|-7----------------------------------------------|

5. Green Day - "American Idiot" intro



1|----------------------------|
2|----------------------------|
3|----------------------------|
4|-------6--6-6---------------|
5|-6-6-6-4--4-4-4-4-6-6-------|
6|-4-4-4--------2-2-4-4-------|

6. Linkin Park - "Numb" intro



1|-------------14--17--16---------------17--16---------|
2|-14--17--14---------------14--17--14----------17-----|
3|-----------------------------------------------------|
4|-----------------------------------------------------| x2
5|-----------------------------------------------------|
6|-----------------------------------------------------|

7. Iron Maiden - "Wasting Love" intro



1|-----------------------------------------------------|
2|--------------10^------12-10-------------------------|
3|-9--11-12----------11--------12-11-12-11-9----9------|
4|----------10-------------------------------12--------|
5|-----------------------------------------------------|
6|-----------------------------------------------------|

So I hope you enjoyed this lesson! It's my first actually, and please rate and comment on this! Thanks!

89 comments sorted by best / new / date

    PistonDude
    I think they are cool little riffs to learn myself, enough lesson for now. Thanks
    RaisingCain199
    Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Velvet Revolver - Slither Pantera - Walk Just a couple others for ya...
    slowmostoner
    you may want to change the title of this post to a few cool riffs. i remember just beginning and i had the exact same sentiments about playing the cool licks, but i think that an actual lesson should include techniques or material that can be applied to a variety of songs or styles and teach one how to improve their guitar playing.
    xMiguzix
    eclipse7786 wrote: Hi all i just finished my first lesson can any one please explain do the numbers on the tab refer to
    Tom0592 wrote: eclipse7786 : Hi all i just finished my first lesson can any one please explain do the numbers on the tab refer to yeah i need to know that too
    The numbers mean which fret you will be placing your finger on.
    morgan.viccars.
    6:-----| 5:-----| 4:-0-3-5-----0-3-6-5-----0-3-5-3-0-0---- -| (repeat) 3:-0-3-5-----0-3-6-5-----0-3-5-3-0-0-----| 2:---- -| 1:-----| Smoke one the water.
    slowmostoner
    no, you just need to take it easy and just keep challenging yourself to play through the notes. once you can confidently get through the notes, then consider getting yourself up to speed. once youv'e got those down, you'll be able to do it with your eyes closed. heres a weird tip... try playing in the mirror. it'll help you not to look at your hands.
    jamesharmonmu
    This is a cool collection of riffs, but I would not call them "beginner". Here's some suggestions from some of the same artists: "Flight of Icarus" by Maiden "When I Come Around" by Green Day Three things to think about when classifying difficulty: 1.How many strings are involved and how often and in what ways do they change? 2. Hand position: Does it change? Does it skip frets? Etc. 3. Speed/tempo
    cian2d2
    sorry the formating got messed up all you need is the e and the a string anyway
    dave normart
    thanks...anyone that takes the time to try and help beginers is always help..ive learned alot just by trying different riffs like these...practice is the key.....
    dave normart
    thanks...anyone that takes the time to try and help beginers is always help..ive learned alot just by trying different riffs like these...practice is the key.....
    Roytt
    i play guitar for about 2/3 months now im havin a hard time playin these is that normal or do i suck ?
    Firezz389
    playing a tab is normal if your having a hard time!There is not a tab that is easy to do, you just need to keep practising!
    benthegrunge
    I thought several of the songs had difficult timings and were a bit fiddly for rank beginners. As a nirvana fan I found their songs were very easy to learn quickly, its power chords but the tempo is generally slower than metal or pop punk, so a good introduction to playing power chords. There's all sorts of good songs for beginners though whatever you're into
    sjspall
    Im a complete beginenr and I managed to play a couple of there riffs and they sounded recognisable. I could not do this before I tried this lesson so gotta be pretty good. Thanks
    hellspawn1210
    jake725 wrote: jake725 wrote: Hello, I assume the 1 thru 6 in the left column represent the 6 strings. please explain the numbers in the notes area ie.. 15,14,12 etc.. what do they mean? thanks
    they mean the frets on said strings. for example if it says like 15 then that means the 15th fret on that particular string, and so on.
    huff442
    Thanks for the riffs. A few more licks for my library! Keep it up!
    Metallica1554
    It's not much of a lesson
    Explorer939
    Oh dear..guys i posted this lesson ages ago (a couple of months after picking up the guitar), and it seems UG pulled this up and posted it on the homepage, so please forgive any errors i may have made..and by god my language..i was 13. Theres an infinite number of 'famous, easy' riffs out there that are far more popular than the ones I've put up, these just happened to be my preferences at the time. Nonetheless, hope they help, and feel free to comment with riffs that you feel would be better suited for beginners. Cheers!
    Guns_O
    For beginners I´d suggest: - Come as you are Nirvana - Satisfaction Stones - 7 nation Army White Stripes - Break on through The Doors - Another one bites the dust Queen And a little bit more "advanced" but still easy to play - Are you gonna be my girl Jet - Paradise City GnR main riff 3-1-2-3 etc... - Always on the run Lenny Kravitz I hope these riffs will help you get started. Also, be patient, at first it might seem it takes for ever to learn a song but in time it ´ll get easier, you just need to practice, practice, practice
    Explorer939
    No prob
    cobrarated
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    thomas.stanser
    you read as you would standing over the fret board I think its the bottom string is the top as you go up the string number goes down. Hope this helped
    cian2d2
    very cool riff I learned 7 nation army riff when I was learning hear it is (just thought here is as good a place as any to put it) 1 -----] 2 -----] 3 -----] repeat as 4 -----] much as you 5 0030---0030-----] want(use 6 -----310-----31310-----] whammy as you want for electric)
    Pianochris123
    Some good ideas but maybe a bit difficult for beginners. I'd simply Iron Man into a single line melody and Sweet Child O Mine you can play down the octave using open strings.
    MetalPwn
    Wasting Love? That's most distinctive Iron Maiden riff you came up with? what about Trooper or Number of the Beast? That's like pulling a riff from Metallica's Load Album.
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    doug.mead.31
    Dose any one no were i cane find that little Riffed in Neal Diamonds Girl ding dang dong you'll be a woman soon for a beginner playing in Am I no it sound Dumb but I don't no how to disgribe it Thanks
    ironcat698
    Where is seek and destroy? That intro and second part has a good chunk of da essence of playing electric guitar technically speaking. And is fucking easy! More than some of the suggestions.. Do you remember your first attempts of Child o' Mine intro? I do...
    capcocoapig
    All of these are easy... Except for Sweet Child. I know really experienced players who still screw that thing up. I use it as a warmup to get going cause it's ridiculous sometimes
    jake.boast1
    iron man is easier as lowerE: 7,7(slide to 10),10,12,12,15,14,15,14,15,14,10,10,12
    cydd.guilbeaux
    since 2011 I learned the first few notes of the first song am I doing good? Oh and I now have a full size marshall stack to practice the next few notes! 20 effects pedalboard too!
    rameshu3
    awesome dude but i din't got that rock you like a hurricane tab.is there strumming in that tab?
    cuscuc
    im kinda new here. is there any way to save a lesson or tab on this site. or are do you need to bookmark it
    eclipse7786
    Hi all i just finished my first lesson can any one please explain do the numbers on the tab refer to
    Tom0592
    eclipse7786 : Hi all i just finished my first lesson can any one please explain do the numbers on the tab refer to yeah i need to know that too