Category Archives: guitar riff

Videos for the Lion Rock distortion pedal

I recently recorded 3 short demo pieces to demonstrate the amazing Lion Rock distortion pedal from the Hong Kong based company, Scream Pro Audio. Here are all 3 of them! Enjoy.

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“Knocking on heaven’s door” intro guitar

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Learn how to add decorations and variations to ordinary open chords.  Feel free to add your own dynamics and make it sounds more “organic”.

This little short exercise comes from my “SongX’ercises” collection. Songs are your best teachers! Feel free to message me with your own videos of this exercise if you have any questions .  I will try to help.  If you want a tailored video response, it is available in an affordable price. Message me (johnnyonguitar@gmail.com or Facebook : johnny on guitar hong kong) for more details.  Thank you and have fun.

Guitar riff from “Heart of Gold”

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This riff requires use of hammer-on technique which takes some time for beginners! But it sounds cool once you get good control of the finger strength.

“SongX’ercises” is a collection of guitar exercises based on real songs.  As a guitar learner, you can learn important techniques and styles from songs.  Songs are your best teachers! Feel free to message me with your own videos of these exercises if you have a question .  I will try to help.  If you want a tailored video response, it is available in an affordable price. Message me for more details.  Thank you and have fun.

Bluesy rock guitar lick using thirds and sixths intervals

Check out this two-bar bluesy rock lick based on the use of thirds and sixths intervals.  As shown in the video, it works well as a fill-in to a rock riff! 

Tab

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Breaking it down

The lick is in A Dorian scale (A B C D E F# G).  It starts with two nice sounding “minor thirds” intervals (E,G and F#,A in beat 1 to 3 of first bar) played back and forth. I like to highlight the beauty of the Dorian scale this way, which is the major sixth (F# in this case). 

Then it moves up the neck playing a series of sixths along the scale (from beat 4 of first bar till the end) .  Sixth is another cool interval that fits the blues rock context very well.  

Rhythm-wise, the lick is based on 16th notes but in “group of three” arrangement .  It is helpful to strictly follow alternate picking (down strokes on main beats, I.e. “1 and 2 and..”, up stroke on off beats I.e. “e” and “a”) to be rhythmic sound.

Gears: Quite a heavy distorted tone using AMT bulava pedal on an HnK amp!