Play this Guitar Riff for 2 Minutes and See Why it's so Addictive!

Is the practice time that you're getting on guitar needing a boost? Do you feel like you're not making enough progress after working through the riffs that you already know? There is a good possibility that you aren’t expanding your skills across enough music styles during your daily studies. So, read on because you're going to love jamming on this lessons guitar riff...



In this episode of my "Play This Riff" series I will continue with another "easy to play riff workout," that is designed to push your stylistic boundaries to the limits in just a couple of minutes every day.

By using this lessons fun to play Latin Style Riff exercise you'll hit all of the right performance areas in just the right way. Plus, you'll learn just how much more effective that you can be during all of your guitar workouts.




The “Play this Riff” series continues and this time were hitting an easy to work through, (but also very cool sounding), Latin guitar style riff that’s only one measure long. 


You’re going to love this one, because this riff is super catchy and that makes it perfect for anyone who needs to step up their ability for developing a better sense of groove, a better sense of timing and also it’s a really great riff for improving right and left hand coordination, (especially if you want to get better with your finger-picking). 


But, the best part about this riff is that you can play it on either an Acoustic guitar or on an Electric guitar – makes no difference. So, let’s get things started by introducing the general idea of this riff to you – right now…


Example 1). General Riff



“The Latin Feel” of this riff certainly makes it catchy sounding and it’s overall “in-position” set up on the neck makes maintaining a well-established fret hand position on the neck rather easy. Work slowly through the riff to learn what you need to know about the note layouts for this riff.


Once the riff’s notes and the playing positions are memorized, start taking a closer look at the plucking hand.


Coming up next, I’m going to teach a couple of simple modifications that you can make to this riff, (to take things a little further with the whole idea)… But first - here’s a short promotional message about my “Handouts Collection” eBook offer…



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When we create modifications to any riff composed in any style, the modifications will often alter one of two primary areas of playing. They can change up the note layout of the riff, or change the riffs rhythm structure. 


In my first modification, we’re going to alter the note layout. With this change, we’ll establish two fret-board positions by altering our overall note set-up. Here’s how this change sounds.


Example 2). Modification no. 1 - Position Shift



The “two-position” set up on this version of our riff makes it a little more challenging to perform (due to a fret-hand position shift). 


Once you learn the change I’ve made and the riff’s notes are memorized, you’ll want to also double check what to do with your plucking hand as well.



If we create other modifications to the riffs rhythm structure the cool thing that happens is we end up with a new sense of dynamic feel from the riff, (because the stress points and the accents end up getting changed). 


In my last example, we’re going to alter the note duration. We’ll still stay in the same fret-board position with a few changes to the notes themselves, but the main difference will be the rhythmic feel. Here’s the final change to the riff.


Example 3). Modification no. 2 - Rhythmic Alteration



The note set up on this version of the riff isn’t all that difficult to perform because we are back to staying within a position. But, here’s what you need to know about my modification on this one; the sixteenth-note rests create a very broken feel from the overall note structure.


And, just like before, once the notes are memorized, you’ll want to also confirm what’s happening with your plucking hand.



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