Chris Learns Guitar – Week 3

Chris Learns Guitar

This week, I’m attacking Karl Golden’s Top 5 Simple Metal Guitar Riffs For Beginners. 

With the exception of Raining Blood by Slayer, they’re all very familiar riffs which has helped immensely. If you’re familar with the Slayer track then you’ll notice I’ve not attempted the rhythm. I didn’t have the time to set up backing tracks, so a lot of practise has been done raw and some to a click track.

The one I struggled most with was a surprise to me, it was Iron Man, which is a track I already knew. Toward the end, sliding the power chords really made my fingers ache on repetition. So that’s identified another area to work on.  So there’s the video:

Here’s the tabs to the tracks I did.

Riff 1 – Iron Man by Black Sabbath

D -4-7-7/9-9---12\11--12\11--12\7--7/9--9-(9)\
A -2-5-5/7-7---10\9---10\9---10\5--5/7--7-(7)\

Riff 2 – Symphony Of Destruction by Megadeth

A -3-2--2---3-2--2-----------3-2--2--
E -1-0--0---1-0--0---1-3-1---1-0--0--

Riff 3 – Raining Blood by Slayer

D ---------8-9-8----8-7---7-6--
A -------7--------9-----8------ x3
E -0-0-0-----------------------

Riff 4 – Breaking The Law by Judas Priest

A --0-2-3--0-2-3--0-2-3------0-----0---3-2-
E -----------------------1-3---1-3---3-----

Riff 5 – For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica

G ----------------------------3-----
D -------5--------7--------5--3--4--
A -------5--------7--------5--1--4--
E -0-0-0-3--0-0-0-5--0-0-0-3-----2--

G ----------------------------3-----
D -------5--------7--------5--3--4-3-2-2\
A -------5--------7--------5--1--4-3-2-2\
E -0-0-0-3--0-0-0-5--0-0-0-3-----2-1-0-0\

Chris Learns Guitar – Week 2

Chris Learns Guitar

So, week two. My first objective from last week was to pick tunes I’m more familiar with. I didn’t do that, not for all of them. But ho-hum. This week was based off the lesson from Andy Guitar called “5 Easy Guitar Riffs on 1 STRING

I did, however, practise them with both a metronome and using the original tracks. This actually did reap a lot better results, so something I’ll certainly continue with. As will I continue with very simple and repeatable riffs.

The riffs themselves, were these…

Riff 1 – Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin

A -------|-/7--
E -5-3-0-|-----

Riff 2 – New York City Cops by The Strokes

E -5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--3\-0--3\-0--3-

Riff 3 – Satisfaction by The Rolling stones

E -7-7--7-9-10--10-10--9-9-


A -2-2--2-4-5--5-5--4-4-

Riff 4 – My Generation by The Who

E -3333-1111-3333-1111-3-

Riff 5 – The Peter Gunn Theme

E -00-20-3/4-5-4

Squier Bullet vs Affinity vs Standard Stratocasters (2017)


I’m making this post for my own benefit as much as for anyone else.  I get confused over which is which in the model line up. Some brands try to make it easier – one day I WILL decode the Pacifica numbering – but with names it’s less easy. Especially when they are so close in price that a variance between shops can put a lesser model at the same price as a higher one.