A Minor Jam Track

E Minor Jam Track

This is our first riff using a flatted fifth – can you hear how it changes the sound of the phrase? We’re also putting in a full one tone bend here, going up and down. That’s a movement that can take some practice if you’re not used to it, but it is a very useful one to have in your toolbox.

Bonus Riff

The more riffs you learn, the more you begin to realize how many shared components they all have. While playing the first one, I was inspired in the direction of this bonus riff. I thought it was a valuable enough variation to actually tab out. This is the first time we’re using the “fat finger” approach, but it won’t be the last time. If you can master this technique, it will unlock all kinds of great riffs and runs, which you can apply to every scale pattern you learn.

The fat finger happens on the 8th fret. When you play that third note in the riff, you want to fret both the second and third strings at the same time, which may or may not feel unnatural to you at first. It sure was unnatural for me the first time! The same thing happens later in the riff, using the next pair of strings.

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DAVID KING - October 21, 2020 Reply

“Grand Mr Boettcher” as me Irish mammy might exclaim – getting to link all three riffs together on the A backing track now – yo tank ye very much!!!

    Jonathan Boettcher - October 22, 2020 Reply

    You’re most welcome sir!

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