Five Easy Guitar Riffs Every Beginner Should Learn

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If you have a few guitar chords under your belt, chances are good that you want to start learning some riffs. But where do you start, and what techniques do you need?

In this new video, instructor Robert Baker demonstrates five easy riffs that are not only essential but also fun to play.

Better still, as Robert explains, each one teaches important techniques every guitarist should know.

Robert chooses riffs you might already be familiar with, so there’s nothing here that’s too left field. The riffs occur at 0:52, 2:58, 4:40, 6:36 and 8:50.

You can grab the TAB for this lesson here.

Take a look at the video below. And when you’re done, check out Robert’s YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.