Do you know why learning some of the best easy beginner guitar riffs is such a clever move?
People recognise what you're playing straight away.
And because it can sometimes be a grind learning to play guitar, there's nothing more satisfying and rewarding than playing something and one of your friends or family say they know it.
After hours of brainstorming we've compiled a list of what we consider to be the 20 best easy guitar riffs every guitar player should learn to play.
Not just for beginners but also for people who have been playing for years, the must-know riffs coming up will make you sound colossally cool.
Question is: how many can you play?
It doesn't matter if you own an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar - you're ready to rock these riffs. If you have both guitar types, a great tip is to start off practicing the riff on your acoustic. Why? You'll find it a bit trickier in general.
But you want to be able to play the riff in the shortest time possible, so why am I suggesting that? Simple answer: you'll develop your technique and strength quicker.
Once you have the notes, rhythm and phrasing memorised on your acoustic, plug you electric in, turn up your amp, and let rip.
When learning to play riffs you must always remember good technique is vital. Never rush into learning a riff as fast as you can regardless of how in time, clean or flowing the notes are.
Key techniques to always use include:
Further reading: 19 Killer Guitar Practice Tips
Cut the riff up into sections. Never try to learn a riff all the way through in one fell swoop.
As a beginner you're still working on developing correct playing technique and finger strength. With this in mind, repeat each section of the riff over and over until it starts to feel easier and sound better.
The last piece of the playing puzzle falls into place when you finally connect all the sections then continue to practice the whole riff with the recording. You'll soon be making your friends jealous of how good you sound.