Basic Riffs

Closed Boogie Woogie Riff

This is the fourth lesson in the Boogie Woogie series. As I’ve mentioned in the previous lessons, the Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally

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Dominant 7 Rock and Roll Riff in G

I first heard this riff as the foundation of Little Richard’s song Lucille. Since then, I’ve heard it used in many others, as well. This is a straight 8 Rock and Roll feel (not a shuffle) that simply outlines the

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Simple Funk in F with Flat 7

This is a fairly basic, repetitive Funk riff in F, with a flat 7. If you play with a horn band, you’ll definitely wnat to know your way around in F, as well as Bb, G, C, and perhaps Eb.

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Simple Funk in D with Flat 7

This is a fairly basic, repetitive Funk riff in D, with a flat 7. Notice that I play the riff four times, and on the fourth time I do a variation that loops back around to the main riff. This

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Basic Boogie Woogie with Flat 7

This is the third lesson in the Boogie Woogie series. As I mentioned in the previous lessons, the Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally

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Basic Boogie Woogie Pattern 2

This is the second lesson in the Boogie Woogie series. As I mentioned in the first lesson, the Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally

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Basic Boogie Woogie Pattern

The Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally thousands of lines. So, it’s pretty important if you want to play Rock or Blues.

This lesson

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Funk in D with Ghost Notes

This is a simple, repetitive Funk riff that uses ghost notes to add some spice. A ghost note has no pitch. It’s a way to add rhythmic interest to a line. You’ll hear them in hundreds of Soul, R&B and Funk

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Basic Killing Floor Riff

This is a very standard and traditional Blues bass riff. It’s actually a simple version of the riff used for The Killing Floor, and many other Blues songs.

Watch the video, and pay special attention to which notes are used.

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Funk Riff in A with Flat 7

Here’s an easy riff in A, with a flat 7. Watch the video, and pay special attention to which notes are used. Then, learn the notes in order, but not in time. Next, play along with the slow version, until

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