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Five Riffs You Should Never Play at a Guitar Store—And How to Play Them

(Image credit: Stephen Kelly/Flickr Creative Commons)

Undoubtedly, you’ve walked into your local guitar store 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 at a guitar store.

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.

Have a look. And when you’re done, be sure to check out Robert’s excellent YouTube channel and website.

PHOTO: Stephen Kelly | Flickr Creative Commons

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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.