Guitar riffs on pentatonic and diatonic scales are easy to do. It only needs time and practice. Don’t let the word pentatonic or diatonic startle you. The term pentatonic simply means a five note and diatonic seven notes.
For the first guitar riff we will be dealing with the A minor pentatonic scale. If you are not familiar with it, let me put it to you this way. Let’s say the 5th to the 8th fret is to be labeled as 1 to 4, respectively. Starting from the 6th string, move down through the strings in this manner: 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. That makes up you’re a minor pentatonic scale.
The first riff starts with a slide from the 3rd fret going to the 5th fret clipping strings 1 and 2. Pluck the B string, which is the 2nd string, on the 5th fret. Then perform a hammer-on on the 8th fret of the B string. Then hit the E string, which is the 1st string, on the 5th fret.
The second guitar riff comes out from the diatonic minor root 5. The riff starts by picking the E string on the 12th fret and perform a hammer-on on the 13th fret on the same string. Then, pick the B string on the 13th fret. Do the pattern again but this time; perform the hammer-on on the 15th fret of the B string.
Try putting those guitar riffs together to create a cool sound. You can even use this riffs and incorporate them to a 12 bar.
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