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Riff writing

Calvin Phillips

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You could learn your favourite songs and riffs but honestly a lot of my riffs come from jamming the theory I learn. From there comes the melody and then the motif after. Which leads right into the chord progression.
 

Conor Mason

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There are so many ways...I have found that when I am just playing and goofing around on the guitar, great riffs will just come. Other times, I will pick up a different guitar I own that has a totally different sound or tuning and they will come that way. I also echo listening to as much music as you can, jam along to your favorite artists and just play. When you are having fun and not thinking about writing a riff in particular, the inspiration just hits in my experience! hope that helps
 
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Nocturne

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    Playing riffs you like to understand how they are built and knowing a little bit of theory like major and minor scale helps a lot. And listening to a lot of songs you like, repeat them, check some tabs, try to understand what's going on in the music and on the neck.
     
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    Calvin Phillips

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    Just remember too a riff doesn't have to complicated. Sometimes a bend followed by a prebend on the same note is all you need. (Check my brain by Alice I chains).
     
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