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Hey there everybody. Anders here, filling in for Neal, with a brand new episode of the Guitar Tricks Channel. Today I'm going to show you some really effective ways to add some rootsie and swampy flavour to your rhythm and riff playing but first let me start you off with the tip of the week.
So this is a really fun trick that I learned from a great guitar player named Hunter Perrin. If you have a whammy bar on your guitar, you're probably used to operating it with your right hand like this. But now check out what happens if I reach over with my left hand under the neck and use that to operate the Bigsby. Right now I can do these fun things where I sort of pre-bend a little bit and pick a note and release and get all of those cool rockabilly sounds out of it. Now obviously we can only do the open strings because we are using our fretting hand to operate the Bisby. But fortunately for us, a lot of guitar songs are in the key of E or A or D, we can do it with drop D, so it's a really usefull trick.
Now it's time for the lesson of the week and for that I'm going to show you how I came up with a swampy riff for a new song I wrote with my band caravan called Head First. Check it out. So this song is in the key of E7 with sort of a swampy-Creedency groove. And I wanted the riff to sound like a combination of Keith Richards and Creedence. So first I just hit the lower E string and then I use these double stops on the G and B string, it's the fourth and third fret and the second fret and then the first and open. And then what I do is I hit the low E string and I slide up to the highest double stop from a half step below and I do that twice, second time I pick it again without sliding. So now we have then I grab the second fret there and then the open position but a hammer on to the first fret. So that whole first phase . And don't be scared of getting the high E string in there.
This doesn't have to be clean it just has to be full of attitude. So after that creedency opening I'm going to go up to the Keith Richards sound up here in the 14th fret of D, G and B string. I'm going to alternate that with a triad, we are at the 16th fret of the G string and 15th fret of the B string. And the phrase sounds like this . So I pick the A string as a pickup note and then do the two triads starting with the D . And then I do the same rythm but I switch the baring finger to be my third finger and then I go and end with a bar on the 12th fret, so that whole phrase [plays guitar], combining all that.
Now repeat the opening phase, then I go to this single note phase, and all that is is hammering on from the open A string to the second fret and then going open to the second fred on the D string open to second fret of the A string . Right, I'm picking all downstrokes all the way back by the bridge to get that nasally sound then I go three on the E string to open A. And then the first two phrases repeat.
So combining all of that, the first phrase again, but then the single note lick is different so that it leads into the verse more, it sounds like this starts the same, hammering on the A string, going on to the D string but now it's going to go open G, two of D and then four to two on the A string [plays guitar]. Because that leads into the verse a little more than the other one. This one is a little more final sounding with those two major notes there at the end. So that's the whole riff. And now let's check out how that sounds up to speed with a backing track [plays the song].
Thanks for tuning in to the Guitar Tricks Channel. I hope you've enjoyed these tips and tricks and that you can use all this new ammo to come up with some swampy rock riffs of your own. Have fun with it