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The Art of Riffing

Are you ready to start writing your own riffs but not sure where to start? In this series, David divulges some of his secrets to crafting great riffs and helps establish the building blocks for you to start creating your own.

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Are you ready to start writing your own riffs but not sure where to start? In this series, David divulges some of his secrets to crafting great riffs and helps establish the building blocks for you to start creating your own.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction and Subdivisions

David kicks off his new series with a brief introduction and then jumps right into the content. In this lesson we'll look at the basics of subdivision and get a handle on the incredibly important concept of timing.

Length: 15:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 2

Pentatonic and More

In this lesson, David utilizes variations on the Pentatonic scale to craft some new riffs and help give you a starting point to create some of your own.

Length: 11:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Attack Variation

Dynamics can take a run of the mill riff and push it to the next level. Adding variations in the speed and volume throughout can breathe new life in an otherwise mediocre line. Join David as he demonstrates some ideas to help you start expanding on this crucial concept.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Flashy Inserts

In this lesson, David demonstrates how you can start making your riffs jump out by mixing the role of lead playing with the traditionally rhythmic focus of the riff.

Length: 11:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Chord Fragments

Building off of the understanding you should have of riffing with scales, David utilizes chord structures as the backbone of his riffs for this lesson.

Length: 10:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Ghost Notes

To the discerning ear, this technique of ghost notes is a crucial element in crafting riffs that are rhythmically fascinating. Join David as he demonstrates how he typically employs this technique.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Harmonics

Harmonics is musical concept that is mostly unique to the guitar or bass and it is a great tool for expanding the sound of your instrument. Join David as he demonstrates the concept and plays some riffs that utilize it.

Length: 9:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Arpeggio Blocks

In this lesson, David teaches some four note arpeggios, both major and minor, and utilizes them in riff variations over some fun backing tracks.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Open Strings

Anytime you can use less finger movement to create a riff it automatically allows for an increase in speed. In this lesson, Dave teaches some fast, flashy riffs that take advantage of open strings.

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Odd Times

While not common in rock music, occasionally you'll meet a song that is not in 4/4 time. Stepping out of that comfort zone and learning how to count in different time signatures is not only a handy tool for creating unique riffs, but it will make you a better player over all.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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