Andrew Wasson. Graduated from Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology. Operates Music School and CreativeGuitarStudio.com
What makes a riff interesting? And, what can a guitarist do to start building their own cool sounding riffs? In this two-part episode of the GuitarBlog, I'm going to discuss a collection of different riffs from popular styles like; Rock, Country, Blues and Funk.
Part One (Rock & Funk)Example one focuses on an open-string "Rock Riff" in the key of "E." The riff is built off of the 6th string and applies ghost notes, scale lines, double-stops, hammer-on's and pull-off's. The turnaround for the riff also includes a "Hendrix influenced" Dominant 7th (#9) altered chord.
Example two uses a "Funky" 16th-note feel to generate a groove that moves across a, "V7-IV7-I7" progression in the key of "G Blues." The dominant chords are connected by way of funky single-note line phrases formed from a combination of both the "G Major" and the "G Minor" Pentatonic scales.
Check out "PART TWO" of this lesson in the members area (includes TAB Charts) at... http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/