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Always wanted to learn how to play parts of classic rock songs from Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Pearl Jam and many more?  Well then you've come to the right place - This lesson focuses on a few classic guitar riffs aimed at new and intermediate players.

Song Artist Rating
Enter Sandman Metallica 3
Day Tripper The Beatles 3
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple 3
Simple Phish 3
Wild Thing The Troggs 4
Pretty Woman Intro Roy Orbison 4
Walk this way Aerosmith 5
Alive Pearl Jam 6
Nothing Else Matters Metallica 6
Stairway to Heaven Intro Led Zeppelin 7
Are you Gonna go my Way Lenny Kravitz 7
Money for Nothing Intro Dire Straits 7
Sweet Child 'O Mine Guns 'n Roses 8
Under the Bridge Red Hot Chilli Peppers 8
What exactly is a Guitar Riff?
A Guitar riff is a short piece of melody usually played by the rhythm or solo guitarist that makes up a vital part of a song.  Riffs can be complex or very simple, but they're usually very catchy.

Ricky Rooksby defines it like this: "A riff is a short, repeated, memorable musical phrase, often pitched low on the guitar, which focuses much of the energy and excitement of a rock song."

Many times the 'hook' of the song - that most memorable piece of melody that people immediately link to a specific song or band -  is a guitar riffs. 
How these Riffs are Rated
I've used a simple rating system to classify the best guitar riffs in this section according to difficulty.  The 1 - 10 system means the easiest riffs will be rated lower and the hardcore stuff higher

If you're fairly new at the guitar, avoid the temptation to start with the more difficult ones and try a riff with a lower rating first, then work your way up from there.
Click on the Song Name for step-by-step video lessons
In order to play any of these songs, you need to know how to read guitar tabs and how to use basic guitar techniques
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Learning the Best Guitar Riffs
As usual on this site, the free lessons include videos that I've recorded of the riffs, so you'll know exactly what it's supposed to look and sound like.  With most of the Riffs, I'm using an electric guitar with some amplified effects like distortion and overdrive - If you have the gear, try and do the same...


These lessons teach you a few basic guitar riffs, for a more in depth look I recommend you check out a product called Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar.  It's a home study course that's consistently rated as the top guitar instructional course for self-study. 

I've done a review of the course which you can read here, or head over to their website for a look at what they can teach you.  This course has recieved high praise indeed, and if your serious about learning guitar, I recommend you check it out
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