This Micro Lesson runs through a 1970's "F# Minor" Rock-pop style riff. This riff sets-up a style very similar to the 1970's band, "The Guess Who."
At the start of this riff we apply pick-up notes to bring in a bend off of the minor 3rd of the "F#" minor chord. It's a blues-rock sound that's common to 70's Rock-Pop music and works well to establish the first measure.
In measure two we cover the VIIth and IVth chords of this key as "Power-Chords" (these are the E5 and the B5). Measure three brings in one of the most popular sounds of 70's Rock, the "Boogie-Woogie" guitar riff. This sound is instantly recognizable but can be a challenge to perform as it requires a fairly large stretch. This reach can be better accomplished by using the index and middle fingers of the fret-board hand to play the root and 5th of the chord.
The riff wraps-up by returning to the "E5 and B5" Power chords and the pick-up notes operate to turn the riff around. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 145: "F# Minor" 1970's Rock Pop Riff