Today's "famous riff" comes to you from Ozzy Osbourne and the late great Randy Rhoads with the main riff to "I Don't Know".
Using a series of ascending doublestops (in this case they are simply inverted power chords) along with a driving sixteenth note palm muted rhythm, the main riff to "I Don't Know" has become one of Randy Rhoads' most popular riffs.
Probably the most difficult part of this I Don't Know guitar lesson will be keeping those sixteenth notes nice and even.
The fact that we have to slightly palm mute those open string sixteenth notes means that those notes will seem to pop out more. Because of that, any inconsistencies in the rhythm will be more easily exposed.
The key to getting those sixteenth notes even is to try and keep your picking hand wrist nice a relaxed. Any tension will make it more difficult to keep the notes even. Also, be sure to start with a slower tempo and gradually increase the tempo as you stay relaxed.
The only other part of the main riff to "I Don't Know" you really have to worry about would be the tricky little legato guitar fill at the end.
Pretty quickly though you will notice that this guitar fill is just one legato pattern taken across strings. Visualizing it in this way may help you get it under your fingers more quickly.
If this main riff isn't enough for you and you want to learn the entire song just make sure that this video gets at least 600 YouTube "likes" and I will teach the entire song note-for-note.
Simply click the link below to go to this video's YouTube page. After that page opens up all you have to do is click the "like" button underneath the video to let me know you want to learn the whole song. 🙂
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OK have fun with this killer guitar riff from the great Randy Rhoads! I hope to see you guys back here soon teaching the complete song. 🙂
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I Don't Know Guitar Lesson