Acoustic Guitar Riffs & Licks

Acoustic Guitar Riffs and Licks

Study methods for how the acoustic guitar can be used to perform beautiful open sounding progressions with rich melodies.

Each example in the lesson applies unique intervals across both fretted and open strings. Learn techniques to connect your phrases that introduce principles of melodic harmony, arpeggiated riffs, connecting licks and picked patterns.
PART ONE: In the first example, our practice progression applies open 4th and 3rd strings in a key of "G Major" progression that includes suspended and "add" intervals to diatonic chords.

Example two works on a similar approach in the relative minor key of "E Minor." This Minor key progression focuses on the 6th interval across the second measure creating a "D6sus4" chord, as well as, a "Cmaj13." An inversion of the keys VII-chord strengthens the turnaround in measure four by placing the third chord tone (F#) into the bass of the "D Major."

PART TWO: Example three explores arpeggiated riffs and connecting licks in a phrase that outlines chords in the key of "C Major." Chord highlights and embellishments add to the small arpeggiated chord voicings to create a catchy major tonality riff.

Example four accents the rhythmic feel of sixteenth-notes in a phrase that opens with a picked pattern. The immediate impact of this picked pattern feel quickly captures the listeners attention in measure one and allows the rest of the progression to better connect with the listener.

Take particular notice of how the chord harmony of example four places a strong focus upon the major 2nd interval. Each chord is using either the second or the ninth degree as a chord extension. Chord types across the progression range from the use of; "Minor 9, add2, and sus2."

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