Riffs Rule

Live Guitar Course: Learn to Write and Play Masterful Riffs

When it comes to a lot of popular music, one of the most iconic and driving elements of a song is its riff. Whether it helps to get a song stuck in your head or completely inspire you to pick up the guitar in the first place, there’s no doubt about it: Riffs Rule. In this 10 week course, Dave Brown will not only walk you through some sweet new riffs in a variety of styles, but you’ll also learn where they come from and how to create your own as well!

Riffs Rule

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  • Learn to Play Killer Riffs
  • Explore Different Keys and Scales
  • Jam Along to Full Backing Tracks
  • Sound Like Your Favorite Bands
  • Learn the Fretboard
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Riffs Rule Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

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Tabs & Tracks

Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

Interact Live

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the teacher and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Week 1

02/23/2018 at 6pm

Restless Sabbath

Our first riff in the key of E is slightly inspired by Black Sabbath. It will help you get up and running by using power chords and double stops based off of the minor pentatonic scale, as well as learning how to palm mute and slide.

Week 2

03/02/2018 at 6pm

Rage Keys

If the Black Keys and Rage Against the Machine had a baby, it might resemble our second riff in the key of E. This week we’ll learn how to make riffs using the minor pentatonic scale and then take it even further with hammer ons.

Week 3

03/09/2018 at 6pm

Ode to Petty

We explore the happier side of riffing by using the major pentatonic scale while we also check out some pull offs as well. This week’s riff is not necessarily in the style of Tom Petty, but was inspired by him when I wrote it on the day he passed.

Week 4

03/16/2018 at 6pm

Yo Town

For our final riff in the key of E, we’ll take on a sudo Motown vibe as we throw diatonic chords and bending into the mix.

Week 5

03/23/2018 at 6pm

Back Scratchin’

As we move into the key of A, we will apply our knowledge of power chords and double stops from week 1, but this time in the vein of the Motor City Mad Man.

Week 6

03/30/2018 at 6pm

Teasin’ a Tweezin

Slightly inspired by a classic Phish riff, we will walk you through the A minor pentatonic scale using both pull-offs and economy picking.

Week 7

04/06/2018 at 6pm

Alabamin’ Lakes

This week we’ll explore modern soul. We use the A major pentatonic scale and 7th chords.

Week 8

04/13/2018 at 6pm

Sentimental Values

For our last riff in the key of A, we revisit several different concepts all mixed together in the style of indie rock.

Week 9

04/20/2018 at 6pm

Heavy Swamp

This week we’ll check out drop D tuning. We will try approaching chord tones by half steps as we apply our new found knowledge in the key of D.

Week 10

04/27/2018 at 6pm

Good Vibes

In the final week we’ll recap all of the concepts we’ve covered over the duration of this course as we explore a new tonal center in the key of G over a reggae/jamband vibe.

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