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The Basic Riff & Fill


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B Blues Rhythm & Lead Series 4

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The basic riff and fill we'll start with are played in quarter notes. The riff is made of diads, two note groupings. We will play B5 & B6 for the I chord. Then, we will play a lead fill, a "lick", that combines bending a note on the G string, then playing another B5 diad but on the upper strings. This is very stereotypical of blues players, but was also adopted by early rock 'n' roll guitarists!

The main idea we are exploring in this tutorial is learning the mechanics of changing from strumming chords to single note lead lines. Switching between the two and remaining in time is the how you can take your playing to the next level. So take your time to practice this first step until you get it down!

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