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Alive Guitar Riff


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The Alive guitar riff is rated 6 out of 10 and depending on how comfortable you are with certain techniques, might be closer to a 7 or 8 for some people.  The Riff we're going to play forms part of the intro of the song, and consists of a catchy melody played with overdrive.

The Riff uses Sliding, Hammer on, Vibrato and Bending - all of which you can learn in the guitar techniques section.  Note that unless you're comfortable with these techniques, you won't be able to play this riff correctly.  Here's the tab:

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The Tab
Here's what it should sound and look like...
Notes
Start by playing an A power chord by barring with your index finger.  Then in a fluid motion (without picking the strings again), slide up to the 7th fret on the A string.  Now do the hammer on sequence (--0h7h9--)  and then vibrato on the 7th fret (7vv).

In the second piece you're doing the same, but adding a bend on the 9th fret.  That's the (--9b10b9--) bit...

To get the full effect of this piece, this riff should be played with overdrive/distortion effects.  It might take some practice to get it to sound smooth and clean and the sliding and bending takes some getting use to in order for it to sound the same as the original.
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e|---------------------------|--------------------------
B|---------------------------|--------------------------
G|-2-------------------2-2-2-|-2----------------------0-
D|-2----0h7h9---7vvvv--2-2-2-|-2----0h7h9--7-9b10r9-7-0-
A|-0-/7----------------0-0-0-|-0-/7---------------------
E|---------------------------|--------------------------
                                                                 

e|---------------------------|-----------------------------
B|---------------------------|-----------------------------
G|-2-------------------0-0-0-|-2----------------------0----
D|-2----0h7h9---7vvvv--0-0-0-|-2----0h7h9--7-9b10r9-7-0----
A|-0-/7----------------0-0-0-|-0-/7------------------------
E|---------------------------|-----------------------------