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Five Riffs You Should Never Play in Guitar Center—And How to Play Them

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Undoubtedly, you’ve walked into your local Guitar Center to check out some axes, pulled a guitar off the wall, plugged it in and began wailing with a selection of your favorite riffs. But did it ever cross your mind that your choice of riffs could be driving the staff crazy? (Or was that your intention all along?)

To help you make guitar-demoing repertoire more staff friendly, instructor Robert Baker has come with a list of the top five guitar riffs you should never play in a Guitar Center. As Robert explains, he’s not choosing these riffs to take a dig at anyone who likes them—rather, these are the melodies that are sure to raise the ire of your local Guitar Center’s staff.

After opening up with some fine shredding, Robert gets down to business and reveals the five riffs. At 3:06, he begins demonstrating how to play each of them…just in case you’re feeling provocative. If you need the tab for this lesson, Robert provides it for you right here.

Take a look at the video. And when you’re done, be sure to check out Robert’s excellent YouTube channel and website, and consider supporting him and his efforts on

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