20 Beginner Rock & Metal Riffs

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my latest lesson, which is a mega-sized riff extravaganza!

    You lucky so and so's have a feast of classic rock, prog rock, metal and grunge riffs ahead of you, all slammed together in one long track.

    The idea is that you'll improve your technical abilities whilst getting a taster of some great bands at the same time.

    Some of the sections are more technical than others so expect to encounter power chords, alternate picking, picking arpeggios, slides and hammer-ons. In order, the bands whose riff ideas we're borrowing are as follows;

    Led Zeppelin
    Rush
    Aerosmith
    Guns n' Roses
    AC/DC
    King Crimson
    Genesis
    Deep Purple
    ZZ Top
    Black Sabbath
    Journey
    Toto
    Megadeth
    Metallica
    Judas Priest
    Iron Maiden
    Dream Theater
    Nirvana
    Pearl Jam
    Soundgarden

    Get ready to dive into rock history!

    Tuning:
    E A D G B E
    Tempo:
    Various, starting at 95bpm
    Gear:
    Ibanez RG7421, Marshall JVM, Overloud TH3, Cubase, Superior Drummer
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