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  • jonathan wilson

    Riff of the Week: Desert Raven by Jonathan Wilson

    by Simon James.

    The Riff of the Week comes from Californian rocker Jonathan Wilson. Credited as being one of the revivers of the Laurel Canyon music scene, Wilson has a blend of 70s inspired psychedelic rock and funk that has spawned this catchy lead riff duet from the album Gentle Spirit.

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  • van morrison

    Riff of the Week: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

    One of the most useful lessons I have ever learned on the guitar was how to use triads and Mini Positions on the fretboard. When I was 15 the father of my best friend had an Irish country blues band, and the guitarist was a guy called Dave Blackwell who taught me how to use triads to make riffs and to improvise in solos and rhythm comping.

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  • dylan leblanc

    Riff of the Week: If The Creek Don't Rise by Dylan Leblanc

    by Simon James.

    The riff of the week today comes from bright young country star Dylan Leblanc whose blend of Nashville Folk Blues shows a maturity well ahead of his years. I have been fortunate enough to see him perform on two occasions in London and have greatly enjoyed his debut album Paupers Field.

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  • jimi hendrix

    Riff of the Week: Long Hot Summer Night by Jimi Hendrix

    by Simon James

    The riff of the week is the intro to Long Hot Summer Night from the 1968 Album Electric Ladyland and is one of my favourite of all Hendrix riffs. One of the reasons I like this riff so much is because it is so quirky and the track itself, like so much of Hendrix’s music, is so colourful.

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  • john mayer

    Riff of the Week: Belief by John Mayer

    by Simon James

    The first riff of the week comes from vocalist and guitarist John Mayer and involves some really cool blues 6th slides across the 5th and 3rd strings and a little bit of thumb work on the 6th string.

    The riff is in four parts each of which is a bar long and is based around chords Dmin7, Gmin, and C before returning to the Dmin7.

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