Open String Riffing in E Scale

by Emir Hot

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  • Hi there
    I have been a huge fan of 80's rock riffing since I first heard of bands like AC/DC, Deep Purple, ZZ Top etc... That was over 20 years ago and I still love to play and jam in that style. This lesson shows a usual riffing approach that such bands used in many popular songs. The key of E gives the best possibility for combining open strings with E pentatonic or blues scale. That's why this lesson is in the key of E although I switch to A and B to close the cycle which is similar to blues or rock 'n' roll progression.

    You should feel when to bend G note on the 6th string. That gives that flavor of G minor/major 3rd mixture often heard in this style. I left 1/4 of a bend in the GP file but it's not even that far. This should be 1/8 or almost no bend but slight vibrato. The same goes for G note on the first string. The rest is just combination of alternate picking and some legato for a better note connection. Pay attention on the little slide on the 3rd string. I slide From A to Bb then back to A and pull off in the end to the G open string note. That's a cool little trick that Angus Young uses a lot.

    I hope you will have fun jamming over this one. See you soon.


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