rock riff

Rock Riff Guitar Lesson

This is a typical rock riff in the style of classic rock. It can give you some ideas for your own rock riffs. Using these techniques in this context is a great starting point to build on, using your own creativity.

In this rock riff, there are power chords being played while hammer-ons and pull-offs are performed on certain notes of the chord. Be sure to not accidentally touch the other strings (below or above) when performing the hammer-ons/pull-offs as it might cause them to stop ringing out. The same goes for when you perform hammer-ons/pull-offs on single strings as touching the other strings might cause them to make unwanted noise.

Sticking Points

  • Make sure your hammer-ons and pull-offs are well-pronounced
  • Use as many fingers as possible when doing string mutes/rakes
  • Try not to mute strings of the chords when doing a pull-off or a hammer-on on one string

This rock riff lesson is part of our brand spanking new Rock Course 1. This is launching 1st December 2017 and is available exclusively in our full access area. Party on!

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Plays for “Red Helen” and “Truth and It’s Burden”. Can make his guitar sound like an accelerating car. Currently doing his BMus Honours degree with the University of Chichester. Sucks at Guitar Hero. Can solo behind his head. Has gigged extensively throughout South Africa.

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