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Riff Versus a Chord Progression 2

 

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So far we looked at a basic chord progression and two different examples of how you can turn that chord progression into a riff. Now let's look at a different chord progression and turn that one into a riff! This time we'll add some more gain, strip down the voicings, and mix in single notes with the chords.

I hope this tutorial has given a solid understanding of guitar riffs in a rock context. Riffs are the backbone of most classic rock songs, so it's important to understand and be able to interpret other player's guitar riffs, as well as come up with your own. So try to notice your favorite guitar riffs next time you listen to rock, and let yourself be inspired by those when you create your own. Mastering both the creation and performance of riffs is a crucial part of being a rock guitar player. Have fun with it!
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