When you’re improvising and need a new idea, sometimes a great new lick or riff is the best way to learn. Every Monday, you’ll find a brand new lick posted so you can try something new!

LRT-033 Double-Stop Riff

March 20, 2017

Learn a fun two-bar double-stop blues riff. This one is all about a blues rhythm with a swing feel.  You’ll notice that the open-string double-stops in the first measure use staccato to give a short, noticeable sound. In […]

LRT-032 ii-V-I Modal Lick

February 28, 2017

Learn some modal Jazz guitar licks over the ii-V-I progression. This lick is played over a standard ii-V-I Jazz chord progression in the key of C.  The lick uses modes of the C major scale. […]

LRT-031 Bending Rock Riff

January 23, 2017

This rock riff starts with a slow bend that catches your attention followed by a droning droning open E with a melody played over top.  I love how it has a 90’s feel. I want […]

LRT-030 Palm Muting Solo

January 1, 2017

Learn another rock solo from Francesco Cagnacci.  This one uses several different techniques, but it starts with a palm-muting lick followed by some nice runs.  Enjoy this one.

LRT-029 Slow Groove

November 21, 2016

Get your groove on with this fun-to-play slow groove at 70bpm.  This is a riff that you want to feel as you play it.  It really sets a mood. In regards to your playing, you […]

LRT-026 Rock Solo

September 26, 2016

Learn this fun rock solo with licks that use staccato, slides, and bends.  It is played as a fast tempo in the key of D, which has two sharps in its key signature.

LRT-025 Hard Rock Speed Lick

August 15, 2016

Crank up the speed with this classic hard rock speed lick in the style of many hard rock/metal guitarists.  This one uses hammer-ons and pull-offs on sixteenth notes and triplets at a torrid 160bpm pace! […]

LRT-024 Rhythmic Rock Riff in E

August 1, 2016

This fun rhythmic rock riff will have you playing bends, staccato, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes in the key of E.  What I love about this riff, by Charles Gervase, is that he uses the same […]

LRT-023 Pentatonic Blues Solo

July 18, 2016

Learn a complete blues solo based on the pentatonic scale, written and recorded by Francesco Cagnacci!  Included is the full audio and backing track. Before the solo starts, the track plays through the rhythm part for […]

LRT-022 Jazzy Blues Turnaround

June 27, 2016

Learn a jazzy blues turnaround in the key of C.  In this turnaround, the chord progression is I-vi-ii-V-I.  The I-vi-ii-V is common in the last two bars of a 12 bar blues.

LRT-021 Prebend Pentatonic Lick

June 20, 2016

Learn a pentatonic lick that uses a prebend then shift it down by a fifth. This lick requires you to nail the prebend cleanly. Practicing with a lick like this puts the technique into a […]

LRT-020 Power Chord Rock Riff

June 6, 2016

Play some power chords with palm muting in this power chord rock riff by Milan Trickovic.  This lick uses a standard eighth note rhythm.  When you change chords, you will notice that the chord is […]

LRT-019 String Bending Lick

May 23, 2016

Play this string bending lick for fun or to practice your bends.  It was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.

LRT-018 Blues Rock Solo

May 16, 2016

Why bother with a lick when you can play an entire solo.  Have fun with high tempo blues/rock style solo using the F minor pentatonic scale.  It was written and recorded by Francesco Cagnacci.

LRT-017 Blues Ride Rhythm

May 9, 2016

This rhythm is an absolute must-learn for any guitarist who wants to play the blues.  Play along or jam with this blues rhythm. This progression is played in the key of E.  This rhythm uses […]

LRT-016 A Minor Rock Riff

May 2, 2016

This week’s riff is written and recorded by Charles Gervase. He shows us an A minor rock riff.  This one has an off-beat syncopated feel as he accents the up-beats, especially on the sixteenth notes. […]

LRT-015 Metal Riff Video

April 25, 2016

In this riff, Martin Mitkov teaches you how to play a metal riff for a song from his band, Demezia. This riff uses sixteenth triplets, alternate picking, and an alternate tuning (B-E-A-D-Gb-B). Please note that […]

LRT-012 Southern Rock Shuffle Riff

March 28, 2016

Learn this fun southern rock riff to add to your repertoire.  This 4-bar riff is comprised mostly of a 2-note A power chord using a shuffle rhythm.

LRT-011 Slow Blues Ending in G

March 21, 2016

Enjoy this popular slow blues ending.  If you modify the last measure to a V chord, you can use this as a turnaround instead of an ending.  This turnaround is given in the key of […]

LRT-010 Sixteenth Note Run

March 14, 2016

Enjoy this fast and fun sixteenth note run written and recorded by Charles Gervase.  If you look closely at this lick, it does not fit the mold of a common scale.  The first measure uses four […]

LRT-006 Funk Rhythm Riff

February 15, 2016

This riff uses an Em7 and some palm muting to create a funky rhythm.  You’ll notice the classic sixteenth note Funk rhythm. The audio and a backing track are included below.

LRT-005 Rock Riff

February 8, 2016

This rock-styled riff uses the blues scale in E and a shuffle feel.  You’ll notice that the Root (E) and minor seventh (D) are prominently used.  In the last two measures, you’ll hear the minor […]

LRT-002 Funky Blues Riff

January 18, 2016

This riff only uses four notes plus a couple 1/2 step bends.  It has a nice funky blues edge to it.   This riff was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.