Two easy guitar riffs

This lesson will introduce you to two easy guitar riffs. The first riff is from the classic smoke on the water and the second riff is from Come as you are by Nirvana.

Smoke on the water - Deep Purple

This is by far the most played guitar riff ever. Countless guitarists started out playing this old riff. Smoke on the water is a rock song by Deep purple. It was first realeased on the album Machine Head in 1972.

This version of the riff is played using only the 2 middle strings (the D- and G-string). To make it a bit easier for you to read I will first give you a standard tab notation and then a tab that includes the rythmic notation as well. This way you can get the notes right first and then learn the rythm as well. It's easier to focus on one thing at a time. Many of you have probably heard the riff and already know the rythm, but it still takes some practice to get it right when playing. Always keep a steady beat with your foot when practicing riffs and songs. Here is the standard tab:

e|---------------|-------------------------|--------------|
B|---------------|-------------------------|--------------|
G|--0--3--5----0-|--3---6-5----0--3--5---3-|--0-----------|
D|--0--3--5----0-|--3---6-5----0--3--5---3-|--0-----------|
A|---------------|-------------------------|--------------|
E|---------------|-------------------------|--------------|

And here is the tab with rythmic notation. You can see the fingering on top of the tab and the beats below it:


Smoke on the water

The beginning of the riff in this version is a little bit simplified. The first two notes are accually suppose to be played on the 5th fret of the A- and D-string. You can try that when you've played it for a while. It makes the notes a bit more even.

Come as you are - Nirvana

This is also a great easy riff to start with. Come as you are is a song by the grunge band Nirvana, written by their frontman Curt Cobain. It was released on the album Nevermind in 1992.

As you can see, this riff includes the open A- and E-strings. When playing this riff ,try to make the notes ring as long as possible. Here it is:

	 <========Repeat this part==========> 	
e|-------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-------|----------------|-----------------|
G|-------|----------------|-----------------|
D|-------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-------|----0---0-------|---2-------2-----|
E|-0-0-1-|-2----2---2-2-1-|-0---0-0-----0-1-|

and with rythm and fingering:


Come as you are




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