This Micro Lesson runs through a classic rock rhythm guitar idea in the style of "Aerosmith."
This "E Minor" riff operates off of the 5th string 7th fret "E" power-chord and balances several 4th intervals between the 4th and 3rd strings.
In the first measure we conduct a unique bend at 11th fret relaying the "Aerosmith" style and feel. Second measure has a Minor Pentatonic scale run also bringing in that "Joe Perry" guitar style.
The third measure has some interesting 4th ideas played against 'E Minors' 6th chord of "C." The last measure plays off of the keys 7th chord "D." A blues /rock turnaround lick takes us back once again to the top to repeat the riff and loop the phrase.
Take your time developing this riff. It is best played with a combination of flat-pick and hybrid style plucking. Check out Aerosmith songs like "Rag Doll," to better associate this style of classic rock guitar playing. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 116: "E Minor" Aerosmith-Style Rock Riff