A lot of this riff's popularity probably lies in the fact that it's learned by many beginner guitar players since it is actually quite easy to play. Unfortunately many of them don't play it correctly so hopefully this lesson will clear up any questions they may have.
As I mentioned in the video lesson, there are multiple ways to play this riff but I went with the way I have seen guitarist Ritchie Blackmore play it many times in live videos.
Technically this riff is not very difficult to play, but you do need to concentrate on a few things. First you want to make sure that you release the pressure on some of the chords a little bit early to make the chords slightly staccato at the very beginning on the riff. In addition to that, some of the chords are held and sustained. You need to be able to hear the difference between the two and perform them as well.
In the second video lesson the difficult level will be raised quite a bit as we tackle Ritchie Backmore's highly musical, yet virtuosic solo. As usual, I will perform the solo first, then break it down for you phrase-by-phrase to make the learning process as quick as possible. Some of the faster guitar parts are broken down into their own phrase. These little phrases make for some great technique workouts.
You should approach practicing these fast parts by repeating them in a loop. Just staying in rhythm and going through the lick again and again without stopping will help you absorb all the notes and get any recurring patterns down quickly. Good luck with this one!
The solo may be quite difficult, but this iconic guitar riff really is approachable by every guitar player on the planet so no excuses this time! There should be something in this Smoke On The Water guitar lesson series for everyone to play. 🙂
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