Micro Lesson 121: "Key of A" Southern Rock Riff

Welcome to... "Micro-Lesson 121"

This Micro Lesson runs through the sounds of a Southern Rock Riff in the "Key of A." 

The riff uses a mix of eighth-notes and sixteenth-notes to create a somewhat 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' style groovin' jam across "A, G, D and E" chords. 

The riff operates by blending both major and minor thirds off of the "A Scale" These would be the notes of "C" and "C#." They blend across the first measure applied across two separate octaves. 

However, in the riffs' second measure, the application of triad chords function with 1st inversion concepts into the turnaround chord of "E." This not only creates a very strong push into the turnaround, but it also lifts the progression making it loop that much easier.

The entire riff operates very smoothly and flows easily making it quick to learn and easy to commit to memory. Try playing the riff's parts both flat-pick style, as well as, finger-style or even Hybrid technique. Enjoy!

Micro Lesson 121: "Key of A" Southern Rock Riff


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