A guitar Riff is something so immensely important, yet often so undermined. It is because of the nature it exists in. Sometimes, a riff would be the most memorable piece in the song, while otherwise, it may be something so unnoticeable that the audience might not even know it’s there. Since only a few know how to pull it off in complete synchrony with the song, the former of the two options has only a handful of examples to show.
Needless to say, playing a guitar riff is a far easier task than going through all the other learning modules of a guitar. So if the comes a time when you’re bored of practicing chords and strumming patterns, you can simply loosen up and start up on some cool riffs.
Don’t know where to start? Here are 5 easy guitar riffs for you to quickly learn and impress others with:
1. AC/DC – Back in Black
One of my personal favorites, and definitely one of the most recognizable riffs you’ll ever hear. The song was one of AC/DC’s biggest hits and was published as a tribute to one of their band members Bon Scott; a former singer. It was crowned as among the top 5 rock songs in history and would most certainly make for a great choice if you want to choose guitar riffs.
2. Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
Deep Purple is another band who ended up producing an amazing guitar riff in one of its best hits Smoke on Water. It is one of the easiest to learn on our list and would impress anyone hearing. The song is ranked number 12 on the 100 greatest guitar tracks.
3. Guns ‘n Roses – Sweet Child O' Mine
When Guns & Roses produced their third single, they stunned the world with a truly amazing guitar riff which was both easy and technical at the same time. This is recognized as one of the world’s best guitar riffs and can be learnt in no time.
4. Metallica – Enter Sandman
Metallica is a band almost everyone is familiar with, and such was their song Enter Sandman. Listened to in over half of the world, its guitar riff is easily recognizable, hence, making it one of the best choices for you.
5. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
Voodoo child was the last track in Jimi Hendrix’s final album, and boy did he leave a mark. Famous for its many aspects, the guitar riff of the song is no less of a great one. Learn Voodoo Child’s guitar riff and you’ll surely impress a whole bunch of people.
6. Linkin Park – Numb
I used to listen to Linkin Park a lot. They have an amazing set of music one can listen to. But, honestly, no Linkin Park track stuck to me more than ‘Numb’. Why? Because of its infamous guitar riff of course! This is one even non-Linkin Park fans recognize because of its popularity. Plus, it’s super easy to learn too!
7. White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Seven Nation Army has been ranked as the best guitar riff to learn for beginners on numerous top online polls. This is not only because it sounds great, but is among the easiest guitar riffs out there. Choosing this as the first to learn is a sublime choice indeed.
8. Nirvana – Come As You Are
Nirvana topped the charts yet again when their new song ‘Come As You Are’ was released. But this time, the major part in catching immense attention worldwide was played by the song’s guitar riff rather than the music itself. This again tops many lists alongside Seven Nation Army because of its level of ease in learning.
9. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
AC/DC makes another appearance on our list because well, it’s simply amazing. One thing AC/DC knew well was to pull off stunning guitar riffs, and they showed it again in their track Highway To Hell. This famous track has another easy-to-learn guitar riff for any beginner guitarist.
10. The Beatles – Day Tripper
To be honest, I could’ve completed the entire list with only Beatles’ songs if I wanted to. Such is their class. But I chose to end it with a Beatles classic, ‘Day Tripper’. Why Day Tripper? I have absolutely no specific reason. Every other track with a guitar riff is as good as the other. But Day Tripper has proved to be somewhat more popular and ranks higher on online polls.
But if you’d like to explore more Beatles songs I shall not stop you. The set of guitar riffs Beatles offers is truly amazing and exemplary while also being easy to learn.
All in all, these guitar riffs will surely give you a break off of the stressful guitar experience and reward you for a few days of practice. Go ahead and give it a try!
Please let us know which of the above guitar riffs you like the most, and if you have a favorite riff that isn't mentioned here, we'd surely like to know what is it, all you have to do is leave a comment below with the name of the riff and why do you like it.