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12 Easy Riffs That Sound GREAT

These riffs sound AMAZING and are way easy to play with some practice. We've included a link to the song on YouTube as well as links to the TABS so you can get your practice in! Just make sure to practice without headphones at some point.



Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know


For a song released in 2011, this one really stands the test of time with it's bouncy lead line in the intro and chorus of the song. Click on the TAB link and scroll down to find this sweet high-stringed sound.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/two-door-cinema-club/what-you-know-tabs-1047585

Drake - Passionfruit


This hit, released in 2018, is the R&B smash of our generation. This can be played many different ways, but that synth line is what can hit the heart with the right effects.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/drake/passionfruit-chords-1966269

Band of Horses - The Funeral

This video with a wonky aspect ratio is from the olden days of YouTube. But it's a great guitar line to learn if you're looking for new picking exercises!



https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/band-of-horses/the-funeral-tabs-357713

Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

I remember how this song defined my 7th grade year. But what I remember even more is that WILD guitar line during the chorus that is sliding and bending all over the place. Check it out below!


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/kings-of-leon/sex-on-fire-tabs-740772

Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

This track has some fun double stops and pull-offs that give it a real bouncy feel.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/vampire-weekend/cape-cod-kwassa-kwassa-tabs-634563

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

I feel like most Americans attach this song to a defining moment in their life. Mine is suuuuuuper dramatic in my head, but this song stands the test of time! This one has some wild shapes in it, so start slow.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-killers/mr-brightside-tabs-202653

Sublime - Pawn Shop

This beach punk classic has everything you need to get your soloing in, to become familiar with scales, and to get into a new genre!


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/sublime/pawn-shop-tabs-28318

The Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You’re High?

This guitar has a hint of distortion on it and when you reach the chorus, you get to hear the full scope of that lick that defines the chorus.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/arctic-monkeys/whyd-you-only-call-me-when-youre-high-tabs-1502297

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

A two piece band made this?? Unbelievable but really makes you believe anything is possible.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-black-keys/lonely-boy-tabs-1121314

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name

This hit is coming back to dominate the charts this year in the midst of social unrest. We demand justice for the lost lives of those killed by the police. BLM.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/rage-against-the-machine/rage-against-the-machine-tabs-51169

Smashing Pumpkins - Today

This song took off in popularity after a Rockband release inspired 1,000's of guitarists.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-smashing-pumpkins/today-tabs-175638

The White Stripes - Icky Thump

This song by the White Stripes would fight for their #1 most popular song. But this song incorporates distorted bagpipes so it gets the win from me.


https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-white-stripes/icky-thump-tabs-529818



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