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RF-000 • Awesome Riffs Index

The Justinguitar.com lessons on Guitar Riffs

Riffs for the Riff Raff...

Lots of people don't want to learn whole songs. I think they should, but it's lots of fun to learn your fave riffs too, so in this area I'm going to show you many of what I think are the coolest guitar riffs of all time. Ones that everyone should know! I've got enough lined up to last 2 years, they are not in any order really, just as I happen to fancy doing them!

Once you get the main riff from me a real cool thing would be to try and work out the rest of the songs by yourself using your ears and developing your transcribing skills. It will really make you a better guitar player!

I've put the riffs on hold for a bit to work on other areas of the site, but I will come back to it and make them from time to time of course!!

RF-001 • Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
It's an all time classic. You just gotta love it. Just needs a little more cowbell.

RF-002 • Smokestack Lightnin - Hubert Sumlin
One of the coolest blues riffs of all time, as played by legendary blues man, Hubert Sumlin in the classic Chess recording with Howlin Wolf.

RF-003 • Walk This Way - Aerosmith
All time classic guitar riff. The main one is pretty easy, the verse riff is a rhythmically tricky little finger workout!

RF-004 • La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Nice easy one, good fun to play, everyone should know this one... you know you want to!

RF-005 • Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
On of the coolest rock riffs of all time by the biggest and best rock band ever!

RF-006 • Always On The Run - Lenny Kravitz
Funky ass riff with a bucket of cool. It's great for working on you pick direction and string muting.

RF-007 • Le Freak - Chic (Nile Rodgers)
Real super funny number this one, great fun and lots to learn on the way!

RF-008 • Black Night - Deep Purple
All time classic rock riff. Great fun to play!

RF-009 • I Feel Fine - The Beatles
Classic pop riff, a great little finger workout!

RF-010 • Message In A Bottle - The Police
Not to hard but sounds great, bit of a finger stretcher and so also good workout!

RF-011 • Money - Pink Floyd
Great one for learning to play in a 7:4 time signature.

RF-012 • Alive - Pearl Jam
Probably the best riff of the grunge era.

RF-013 • Josie - Steely Dan, Larry Carlton
A very hip modern sounding riff with a great chord voice led sequence to end...

RF-014 • Iron Man - Black Sabbath
One of the most recognisable and classic rock metal riffs of all time!

RF-015 • Shape Of My Heart - Sting & Dominic Miller
One of the most beautiful guitar parts ever written in my humble opinion.

RF-016 • Baby Please Don't Go - AC/DC
Classic blues rock song with some great licks and tricks, lots of fun!

RF-017 • So What - Miles Davis
Very cool jazz standard by Miles Davis, good fun and not hard for a jazz tune!

RF-018 • Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
Gotta be one of the most beautiful guitar riffs ever. Open G tuning. Lotsa fun.

RF-019 • Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
Kinda tricky amazing riff by Jimmy Page, lots of fun to play and get the timing right!

RF-020 • Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This awesome riff is great for developing your speed and endurance.