What is a guitar riff?

While riffs can be played by really any instrument in the band, most often riffs are identified with guitar and can often be the driving force behind a song. In fact some of the greatest guitar riffs are so memorable that they become the defining characteristic or idea in a song, despite not being played throughout the entire piece.

What guitar riffs are in Smoke on the water?

If you listen to the bass guitar and the rock organ in Smoke On the Water, you’ll notice they’re also playing riffs – that either complement or are a variation of, the guitar riffs.

How do you play the 10th fret riff on guitar?

When playing this riff, start playing with your first finger on the 7th fret then move to the 10th with your pinky. Then in the last section when you jump between frets 3 and 5. Try and use your 1st finger on the 3rd fret and 3rd finger on the 5th fret.

What are some good clean guitar riffs to listen to?

As an example, you may want to listen to the guitar riffs in Enter Sandman by Metallica. The clean guitar riff in the intro of the song is a very memorable tune that’s just one bar long, repeated over and over, note for note.