In this Guitar lesson, Mike Dugan teaches Building a Song from a Riff as part of our Guitar series on Building a Song from a Riff. The topic is broken down into multiple lessons for easy learning - Building a Song from a Riff, Building On the Spot Song from a Riff and Changing Styles.
Can't make of a song that doesn't sound similar to another song? Would you like to? I've got some tips that just might help you.
How to Compose an Opening Riff For a Song For those of you who are in the business of writing songs, this part of the process could be pretty easy. What you have to realize is that most riffs are only based off of one to three note passages or motives that could be spun around in a variety of different ways.Using a single note to write out the rhythm of your guitar riff first is a solid approach for creating interesting musical ideas. To do this, simply choose a note to begin with, turn on a metronome (Google: “online metronome”) and map out a rhythm.Whenever you listen a song that has a great guitar riff, chances are that the riff is based off of notes taken from a scale (sometimes in the form of a chord or arpeggio). Now, keeping the concept of a “home” chord in mind, listen again to the riff from above and read the short analysis below.
To make up riffs in the key of G learn the super simple solo pattern on the right. The black dots show you which notes you can play. The left of the diagram shows you which finger to use for each note. To play the notes along the top of the diagram you just play the string by itself (as an open string without any fingers on it). At first, play the notes one at a time in the order shown.Read More
It depends on the music you want to play) Luckily for us, there is more to music theory than chords and progressions. And it is perfectly possible to understand how Metallica and Megadeth approach their riff writing. In this video we see together a different approach to writing riffs that does not rely on chords.Read More
A riff could be the melody, part of the melody, or at least generally recognizable as belonging to a specific song. IOW, if you played a riff in a song it was not written for, it might work perfectly well, but it might make a listener think of the song it actually was written for.Read More
Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to write an acoustic track of decent stature? Well as long as you can sing and have any hint of imagination.Read More
In the previous lesson I showed how to play a few modern alt-rock and metal riffs. Playing a bunch of different cool riffs is good but playing the whole song is even better. Now it's time to take it to the next level and combine four pretty cool riffs into one metal song.Read More
Write A Guitar Riff To Connect Song Sections Together One highly effective way of writing a guitar riff is to stack several of them together one after the other. As I mentioned in the section about “motifs”, using a motif is a great way to connect riffs together and give the music a sense of unity.Read More
Free Guitar Lessons - Rock Guitar - How to Write a Song - How to write a guitar riff. Latest News and Blog; Sign Up Now; Sign In. Free Guitar Lessons - Rock Guitar - How to Write a Song - How to write a guitar riff. martyzsongs More videos from martyzsongs Channel. Published on 15 February 2016. Free Guitar Lessons - Rock Guitar - How to.Read More
The sixth in a group of articles that take you through the craft of song-writing: this one gives you plenty of ideas about how to find a really good riff to fit your lyric, and how to turn that riff into a complete song. Let's say you've got a great lyric idea - something familiar, yet something that is going to speak volumes and capture the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of listeners.Read More
Writing A chord Progression from a riff? I recently have been trying to write my own music on guitar and I came up with a little riff based off the A minor scale but I can't exactly find a decent chord Progression to support that riff.Read More
Since the riff if rhythmic, but can also have a melodic element to it (unlike drums for instance, which provide the pulse of the song but are extremely restricted when it comes to creating melodies) in a lot of Rock, Punk, Blues and Heavy Metal, the riff is literally the base of the song.Read More