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Now we're rocking as the band kicks into the verse section. This is the second main riff in the song, and it features some 8th note single note picking with lots of open strings.

Note the underlying chord progression of the section: A, G, D, C.
Pick out how the notes outline the chords. Play the notes with no muting; wide open and ringing clearly. Check out how the riffs start on the and-of-1, instead of on the 1. This is a cool trick to try on your own songs, it gives a bit of a different feel.

There's a pretty cool chromatic variation of the riff that leads into the choruses. Check it out, and again, use this concept to spur on your own ideas when writing and combining riffs.

Lesson Info
Instructor Mike Olekshy
Middle of the Road