Well let's see if I can get through this without making a cowbell joke. 🙂
This simple guitar riff is instantly recognizable by just about any person who has ever turned on a radio. In this Don't Fear The Reaper guitar lesson video I will show you how to play the opening riff.
We will be using a simple picking pattern that repeats quite a few times so it shouldn't take very long to get every thing together with this one.
For those of you just starting out and trying to find cool guitar riffs to practice arpeggiated picking or in other words, picking the strings one at a time while holding down a chord, I think this intro riff to Don't Fear The Reaper will be a great little exercise for you.
The fact that the riff just repeats over and over with the same picking pattern is what makes it such a good exercise. Take advantage of this because most songs don't fall into place quite so easily.
Keep in mind that you don't have to finger everything exactly the way I do. I will let you know of a couple options in the lesson that might be a little more comfortable for some people.
That's about it from me. Enjoy! Carl..
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Don't Fear The Reaper Guitar Lesson