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Top 5 Easy Rock Riffs To Play on Guitar

March 29, 2014 by  



guitar riffs to play on guitarUsually when someone proclaims the “best guitar riffs”, it usually stirs up the most controversy, but most guitarists will agree that some of the easiest riffs are the most melodic. Some riffs are, however, so significant to the song, they can be called the best, and in this article we’ll discuss the riffs that are the most significant in rock music.

Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

One of the most influential heavy metal songs. Written in 1980, right when Ozzy Osbourne started his solo career, this song from Blizzard of Ozz remains a classic. It was co-written by the late Randy Rhoads. The main riff showcases economic and creative use of the minor scale–and that was pretty rare in the metal world at the time. Guitar tab: Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses

This song is probably in the repertoire of every guitarist, and very simple to play, too (except for the solo). The beginning riff was originally a string skipping exercise by Slash, and he played it in a jam session as a joke… long story short, this is a very melodic riff, a sweet song, and definitely one of the most popular songs in the rock world. Guitar tab: Sweet Child O Mine by Guns n’ Roses

Seek & Destroy by Metallica

A real fan favorite. From 1983’s iconic release Kill ‘Em All!, the main riff of Seek & Destroy has given a lot to heavy metal, especially the trash metal genre. The intro riff is fairly simple, and you will be able to play it in no time as the rhythm too is simple as cats. Guitar tab: Seek & Destroy by Metallica

Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent

This song comes from the Ted Nugent’s 1977 album of the same title. The main riff consists of power chords, is easy to learn, and showcases what a master of melody can do with merely ‘neutral’ chords. The melodic structure of this song is in stark contrast with Crazy Train, as Crazy Train showcases extensive use of more complicated harmonies, such as switching from minor to the respective major, whereas Cat Scratch Fever is a prime example of simple melody. Guitar tab: Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent

Walk by Pantera

A heavy metal anthem. Every metalhead has at least heard the chorus chanting: “RE! SPECT! WALK!”. The riff is fairly simple, but don’t even think about doing Dimebag’s solo if you are not an experienced player. Most parts of the main riff rest on the higher E string, and if you can figure out the timing, you can get the hang of it pretty fast; it can be frustrating for a beginner, so pick a different riff to learn–this is the hardest from the bunch. Guitar tab: Walk by Pantera

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