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50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“SWEET CHILD O’MINE” - GUNS AND ROSES3“CAT SCRATCH FEVER”- TED NUGENT32“ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT” -THEKINKS4“CHINA GROVE”- THE DOOBIEBROTHERS33“ALL RIGHT NOW” – FREE5“COME AS YOU ARE”-NIRVANA34“ARE YOU GOING TO GO MY WAY” - LENNYKRAVITZ6“ELECTRIC EYE”- JUDAS PRIEST34“BORN TO BE WILD” – STEPPENWOLF7“COWBOYS FROM HELL”- PANTERA35“CRAZY TRAIN” - OZZY OSBOURNE9“DON’T FEAR THE REAPER”- BLUEOYSTER CULT36“DAY TRIPPER” - THE BEATLES11“ENTER SANDMAN”-METALLICA37“EYE OF THE TIGER” – SURVIVOR12“HALLOWED BE THY NAME”- IRONMAIDEN38“IRON MAN” - BLACK SABBATH14“HELLS BELLS”- ACDC39“JOHNNY B. GOODE” - CHUCK BERRY15“HOLY DIVER”- DIO40“LAYLA” - DEREK AND THE DOMINOS17“LOVE ME TWO TIMES” - THE DOORS18“PRETTY WOMAN” - ROY ORBISON19“MONEY FOR NOTHING”- DIRE STRAITS42“SATISFACTION” - THE ROLLING STONES20“NO QUARTER”- LED ZEPPELIN43“SEVEN NATION ARMY” - WHITE STRIPES21“REBEL REBEL”- DAVID BOWIE43“SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” – NIRVANA22“PANAMA”- VAN HALEN44“SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE” – CREAM23“ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE”- THESCORPIONS46“WALK THIS WAY” - AEROSMITH24“SHARP DRESSED MAN”-ZZ TOP46“WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” - LED ZEPPELIN25“SPOONMAN”- SOUNDGARDEN47“YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG” - AC/DC26“START ME UP”- THE ROLLING STONES48“WOMAN FROM TOKYO”-DEEP PURPLE28“SWEAT LEAF”- BLACK SABBATH49“AMERICAN WOMAN”- THE GUESS WHO2928“THE OCEAN”- LED ZEPPELIN49“ACE OF SPADES”- MOTORHEAD29“BACK N’ BLACK”- ACDC30“BORN TO RUN”- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN31“JUMPING JACK FLASH”- THE ROLLINGSTONES“KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE FREEWORLD”-NEIL YOUNG“THE OTHER SIDE”- THE RED HOT CHILIPEPPERS“UNDER THE BRIDGE”- RED HOT CHILIPEPPERS“WIPEOUT”- THE SURFARISJam Play!4141505254-2 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“SWEET CHILD O’MINE”- GUNS AND ROSESThis riff is an arpeggio made up of three figures. All three figuresare identical save for the starting note, which we‟ve marked in red.As for the fingering with the left hand, play it the way you feelmost comfortable. My only suggestion would be to play the 15thfret on the B string with your ring finger.If you listen to this riff in the song you‟ll notice that each figure isplayed twice.In other words, play figure 1 twice, followed by figure 2 twice, thenfigure 3 twice, and finally back to figure one 15-------------14----------------Figure ------------------------------G----------------- ------ -------Figure ------------------------------G------------------ ------ --------Figure --- --- eetchildJam Play!-3 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT”- THE KINKSThis riff is a great example of how to use power chords.Distortion is essential to Rock and Roll. Dave Davies pioneered thedistorted guitar sound when he sliced the speaker cone of hisamplifier on purpose with a razor - B-------------------------------------------- G-------------------------------------------- D---3--5------5--3------3--8--8--8--5--- A---3--5------5--3------3--8--8--8--5--- E---1--3------3--1------1--6--6--6--3--- www.riffriff.com/alldayallnightJam Play!-4 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“ALL RIGHT NOW”- FREEThis classic riff from the 1970s is based on 3 open chords played onthe first position of the neck.The first chord is A major, a rather conventional chord.The second two are very nice sounding yet not so conventionalchords. Pay attention to the fingering explanations above the chorddiagrams.The third chord is the same as the second, only you lift your indexfinger off the 2nd fret on the G string and let the open string ringout.A MajorDo not play the low E string2nd fret on the D string with your index finger2nd fret on the G string with your middle finger2nd fret on the B string with your ring fingerPlay the high E string open, let it ringDo not play the low E stringPlay the A string open, let it ring4th fret the D string with your ring finger2nd fret the G string with your index finger3rd fret the B string with your middle fingerPlay the high E string open, let it ringGuitarist Paul Kossof died of drug related heart failure whilst on aplane flying from Los Angeles to New York.He was only 25 years -0---0--------- -2--------- -2--------- -2--------- 0---------- ------------------- www.riffriff.com/allrightnowJam Play!-5 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“ARE YOU GOING TO GO MY WAY”- LENNY KRAVITZI suppose the hardest part of this riff is the strumming hand. Asyou can see there‟s a lot of string skipping, and you don‟t ever playthe A string but you do play all the other strings.Lenny Kravitz and Guns and Roses guitarist Slash attended thesame high --------3- -3- G-2 0------------------------2 0------------------ D-------2------0--2----------------2------0--2---- --- -- www.riffriff.com/gomywayJam Play!-6 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“BORN TO BE WILD”- STEPPENWOLFThis book is about the 50 best rock guitar riffs. However, sometimesa song has more than one great riff, and it‟s hard to decide on justone. Such is the case with Steppenwolf‟s 1968 classic „Born To BeWild‟.There‟s the verse that happens during the intro and during the „preverse‟, and then there‟s the riff that „s played to accompany thevocal during the verse.You‟ll notice they‟re very similar, and that they both have the same„tail‟ or end part.It‟s the first half of the riff that differs; in the „pre verse‟ riff an Epower chord is punched out on certain beats which we‟veindicated.In the „verse‟ riff the first half of the riff, which we‟ve marked ingreen, are palm muted eighth notes (two strums to each beat of themeasure).„Palm muting‟ is a strumming technique in which you applypressure to the strings with the palm of your strumming hand andplay down-strokes.This is how guitar players get that thick, distinctive „chug-chugchug‟ sound that is so popular in hard rock and heavy metal.Speaking of „Heavy Metal‟, the lyric „I like smoke and lightning/Heavy metal thunder‟ which occurs in the first verse of this song, isheralded as one of the first uses of the term „Heavy Metal‟ inpopular culture.The song was inspired by motorcycle riding, and this song wasincluded in the 1969 classic motorcycle film „Easy Rider‟ starringPeter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.www.riffriff.com/bornwildJam Play!-7 -

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50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“CRAZY TRAIN” OZZY OSBOURNEStart the riff on the low E string with your index finger on thesecond fret.You will use your ring finger and pinky finger to play the fourthand fifth fret respectively on the A string.Start off this riff by playing down strokes with your right hand onboth the low E string and the A string.When you arrive at the part of the riff which is marked in red, yourright hand should begin to alternate between down strokes andupstrokes.Notice that this main riff-which begins at 00:00:20 of the song- is acycle that repeats three times.On the fourth time through the riff ends in two bar chords, andthese chords are marked in dark blue in the tablature.To play the first bar chord (Which is a „D chord‟), play the 5th freton the A string with your index finger whilst laying your ringfinger on the 7th fret across the next three strings.Then slide this entire shape up two frets to play the next bar chord(an „E chord‟).www.riffriff.com/crazytrainJam Play!-9 -

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50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“DAY TRIPPER”- THE BEATLESSo far in this book we‟ve been covering riffs.Riffs are just part of the song, and they‟re often the catchiest, mostrecognizable part of a song.This is main repeating riff to “day tripper”, and if you listen to thesong you‟ll notice that to play the next riff all you have to do ismove the entire riff, the entire structure, up one string so that itstarts on the A string instead of the E string.When this song was released as a vinyl 45, it was a double A sidewith “We can work it ---------- ---- ---- -- --- -- www.riffriff.com/daytripperJam Play!-11 -

50 Guitar Riffs Every Guitarists Should Know“EYE OF THE TIGER”- SURVIVORThis riff begins with punchy power chords. To play a power chord,you play the bottom note with the your index finger, then on thenext string up you play two frets up with your ring finger, and thenon the next string up from that, play the same fret with your pinkyfinger. For instance, to play the first chord in this riff- a C powerchor