Complete Beginner's - Rock Riff Lesson

Do you like classic rock guitar riffs? Have you always wanted to learn the secrets behind the "3-chord rock riff?" Well, you're in luck! This lesson breaks down the basics behind jammin' on 3-chord rock concepts... 

In this video – I’ll be teaching a rock riff progression (that I perform at the start of this video lesson). That riff is based upon ideas that are famously referred to as 3-chord rock. And, even if you’re an complete beginner to rock guitar I’m quite certain that you’re going to be able to learn how to play this riff…





In the first section of this key of “A” rock riff, I’m using the 5th, 4th and 3rd strings with a playing pattern that focuses on the 2nd , 5th and 7th frets.

In the second section of this rock riff, I’m taking the overall template of the riff into the; 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings while still playing the general pattern that continues to focus on the 2nd , 5th and 7th frets.

However, the fingering shape of our chords has become staggered between frets on the neck, (due to the tuning difference found between the guitars 3rd and 2nd strings). The chord that we’re focusing on now has changed to, “D.” Here’s the breakdown…

In the final section of our rock riff, I’m taking the overall template of the riff into the lower strings using the; 6th, the 5th and the 4th strings. The layout and structure is heading back to the original pattern (that we had used with our first chord of “A”).

This time, we’re covering the sound of the “E” chord and we’re still continuing to focus on the 2nd , 5th and 7th frets. The fingering shape of our chords is also the same as what we were using off of our original “A” chord as well. Here’s how it functions…

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