Welcome to the second Sunday Riff post!!
Today's riff is a fat metal riff that uses harmonic minor and palm muting to create a dense rhythmic pattern.
I decided to present you with the demo song first because
Have a listen!
Now for the actual riff. Here are the notes including the tabulature:<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-550" title="taking it all - guitar riff" src="https://cdn.surfacedstudio.com/2011/04/taking_it_all_riff_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="284" /></p><p>
The riff is based on the hard rhythmic beat of the palm muted bass notes contrasted with the brighter semitone slides.
The first 2 bars are in E harmonic minor. In the second half of the riff, the entire pattern is shifted up by to A harmonic minor, which introduces additional tension. This tension is released with a 2/4 bar at the end leading back to the beginning of the riff.
It can be a little tricky to play the semitone slides perfectly on time; I think even I'm not doing such a good job of it
Here is the plain guitar riff:
I am currently planning out a bigger post on the importance on improvisation, but it might take me a little given the large amount of demo/backing tracks I want to include.
For now, I hope you enjoyed today's riff!