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Reading the Riff

Build your skills and practice what you've learned and as you master riffs from your favorite songs with this lesson series.

How to Play “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin (Reading the Riff #6)
Black Dog just might be one of the coolest sounding riffs in all of rock music! Not only that, it is soooo much fun to play. Even if you don’t play or listen to a lot of Led Zeppelin, you’ll want to learn this riff. In this video, I’ll be takin...
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How to Play the Top 5 Weezer Riffs (Reading the Riff #5)
If you love playing rock guitar, then you’re going to want to learn these Weezer riffs. They are easy, fun to play, and are perfect for newer players to learn. In this Reading the Riff #5, I countdown the top 5 Weezer riffs and show you how to play...
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How to Play "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple (Reading the Riff #4)
“Smoke on the Water” is by far the most played guitar riff. In this lesson, not only will I show you how to play it the right way, I’ll talk about why it’s so popular and what makes it so catchy. I’ll also show you several popular ways of l...
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How to Play “Come As You Are” by Nirvana (Reading the Riff #3)
The riff to Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is one of the easiest and fun to play. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play it in three different ways. First, we’ll read it as it was recorded on their Nevermind Album. Second, we’ll learn to play i...
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How to Play "Whip It" by DEVO on Guitar (Reading the Riff #2)
In this lesson, I’ll show you how to read “Whip It” by DEVO in two different ways! First, we’ll read it as you might in a method book (in open position). Second, we’ll take a look at how DEVO actually performed it on their album, where it m...
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How to Play "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes on Guitar (Reading the Riff #1)
The riff to The White Stripes’ song, “Seven Nation Army” has transcended its source material and become a part of popular culture. Many recognize the tune and yet have no idea its name or who wrote it. And this is what makes it so iconic and a ...
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