Repetitive Overlapping Riff

Don’t be fooled by how simple this sounds. It is quite a challenge to play fluidly, and at speed. We are creating an overlapping effect using only three notes on the sixth string.

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Practice Tips

  • This is the type of riff that benefits from breaking up into its various phases and practising in isolation. Don’t forget though, it’s always a good idea to have a jam at some point in your practice session. Don’t worry about playing perfectly or how fluid it sounds; get in and have a go, anyway. Remember, you’ve already done the proper practice, this is a chance to just let loose and have fun. Practising and jamming each has their place, and specific benefits.
  • Triplets can be a bit tricky when starting out. In this idea, we are playing 8th note triplets, which means that we must play three 8th notes within the space of 2 of that type of note, which translates into 1 beat. A metronome is your best friend. Slow down and concentrate on playing the 3 notes per beat in the correct rhythm.