You wouldn’t believe how many easy guitar riffs there is to play ! Our whole learning method on MyMusicTeacher is based on guitar riffs for beginners to play great songs as fast as possible. Progressively, we’ll shift the lessons toward more complicated songs step by step !
First of all, what is a guitar riff ?
Before speaking about a guitar riff, let see together a very easy definition of this small and looping melody, omnipresent among guitarists.
The definition of a riff
Also called more generaIly « ostinato » in music theory. It’s a short melodic routine mostly made of linked notes but also including chords sometimes. The aim is for it to be played in loop. We speak about signatur riff when it refers to the hook of the soong. It has a general duration of 1 to 8 measures. To give you an example, listen to the guitar part of the song Prayer In C from Lilly Wood & the Prick. The signatur riff is repeated every 4 measures. It quickly became one of the most famous and known electric guitar riff of all. Little precision : guitar riffs can be played either on an acoustic guitar or on an electric one. There is no restrictions.
Some example of various easy guitar riffs
Here below the riff of Lilly Wood and the Prick for the guitar. As we said before, we observe 4 measures. This is a perfect melody for a beginner, once learned, the motivated part is that you’ll be able to play it all along the song. Beware though, a signatur riff is not necessary playing during the whole song. That would be a specific case inbound to electronic music.
A selection of great and easy guitar riffse
3 easy riffs to begin with
The essential Smoke on the water de Deep Purple in its most simplified version . You can find and entire guitar lesson with the guitar solo dedicated on MyMusicTeacher here. This song is very well advised for beginner starting the guitar and looking for easy songs. The simplified form of this guitar riff is mostly played with an electric guitar.
I can’t Get no Satisfaction from The Rollings Stones : one of the most famous riff, easy to play because essentially on a single string. This riff isn’t repeated all along the song but still covers a great part of it. Be advised that everybody will recognize this song by only playing the first notes !
Let’s end this sequence with Seven Nation Army from The White Stripes. A very very famous and easy to learn guitar riff. This version is also one that can be played on a single string. The real one, from original tab is meant to be played with guitar chords.
2 guitar riffs of intermediate level
Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nirvana. We use a few chords and muted notes, the whole along a powerful drumming !
The signatur riff of Seven nation army,this time a little less easy than in the previous version but more efficient and powerful.
1 complex riff on electric guitar
The guitar tab of the signatur riff of Cowboy from hell from Pantera. Thought it’s pretty easy rhythmically, you’d need a certain speed with a pick to succeed playing this riff while still having agile fingers.
I want to learn some more easy guitar riffs !
Join us on our adventure and discover more than 2500 riffs and complete songs for electric guitar, classical or folk ! Our application allows you to play your melodies over an adaptative backing track that corrects your play in real time ! Whether you like blues, funk, metal or hardrock riffs, you’ll be happy ! That said, if we speak about a blues riff, we will for sure include riffs in A tuning and twelve bar blues. With live courses and detailed lessons to learn how to play any song, you will be well trained ! Moreover our team is available to answer your every question in order to avoid you making the same mistakes as most beginner players. Great music to you all ! : )