Irresistible Riffs

The greatest guitar players create irresistible riffs that hook you and keep you wanting to listen to the song over and over again. These are 10 of the most infectious riffs in rock. Learn how to play them today!

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Cocaine 2016 Eric Clapton

Tom will show you the three guitar parts in the intro, the verses, the solo and the outro. There is an easy rhythm guitar to play along with and two lead guitar that play some classic bluesy licks and fills.

Published: 03/29/2016 Upgrade
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Mike will show you the 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is a crunch guitar that plays rhythm guitar throughout the song. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that digs into some scorching licks throughout.

Published: 03/14/2019 Upgrade
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Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Cage The Elephant

Mike will show you the 2 acoustic guitar layers in this song digging into slide riffs and chord strums. Any acoustic guitar can be used for this tutorial, but one with a brighter tone will cut through the band mix better. A slide is also needed to play some of the parts in this tune.

Published: 04/01/2019 Upgrade
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

Mike will show you 2 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is the main rhythm guitar layer that provides the iconic, tough, solid riffing throughout the song. Guitar 2 adds some high voicings and melodies that add sparkle and ornamentation to the riffs.

Published: 11/05/2015 Upgrade
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Day Tripper The Beatles

In this set of lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Day Tripper", as made famous by The Beatles. After a song introduction and the gear and tones, Henrik will launch into the classic main riff. The verse rhythms come next, followed by the guitars in the chorus. We'll break down the parts in the bridge, including the solo lead, then learn the outro before doing full and single guitar performances. You'll take over in the jam along to conclude.

Published: 11/14/2013 Upgrade
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Smoke On The Water Deep Purple

Dave will show you all the parts to this classic tune from the iconic opening riff, to the verse & chorus riffing to the climatic solo.

Published: 08/17/2015 Upgrade
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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

Mike will show you the two guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar tuned one whole step down from standard tuning, playing both rhythm and lead guitar. Guitar 2 is also a clean electric that plays only rhythm, and is tuned to standard tuning.

Published: 01/14/2016 Upgrade
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My Sharona The Knack

Mike will show you the 2 electric guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 has a gritty rock tone for playing the rhythm riffs throughout. Guitar 2 uses a beefier tone for the leads. The song opens with the iconic, bouncy single note main riff punctuated by powerful chord stabs. The prechorus ramps up the energy and dynamics with a rising chord progression that eventually crashes back down to the main riff. There's also a bridge that features some great licks, and an extended interlude section that features the main solo of the tune.

Published: 01/22/2018 Upgrade