The Main Riff
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First of all, you must try playing the riff in all positions as I explain in the video. Try both playing with TAB loops and the loop below.
When you can play them all individually, play after me in the first video in the playlist.
Here’s the first area that can be used, it’s the open position, so a Dm shape, looks like this.
I’ve included this as it is possible, however, I don’t personally like it, but maybe you do!
Here’s the next area, a Cm shape, my favorite. Some gigs, I just play it here all the way through.
In this example, I’ve added a flourish that the horns and strings sometimes play. I love this lick and tend to put it in too much when I play it live.
Here’s the Am shape.
It’s possible to play the riff further down the Am shape, although I didn’t like it so instead I play the G5 and F5 in two different ways. I like both of them and use them all the time.
Here’s the Gm shape.
To me, this is the most difficult area to play the riff in. I was ready to dismiss it before I even tried. Turns out it’s awesome! Those double stop Hendrix like bends work so well, well, that’s my opinion anyway…
Here’s the Em shape.
Perhaps the easiest shape to play this riff in. The only downside is that it is an octave up from where it sounds at its best. Perhaps use this towards the end of the song or during the chorus tag.
As always, the TAB is your starting point, what else can you come up with?
Spend the recommended time practicing along to the loop. Try playing in all areas without strictly following the TAB.
To achieve this, you must be able to visualize the riff in each scale shape.
Next time, we play the chorus all over the neck.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)