Video Riffs: Arc­tic Mon­keys, Me­tal­lica, Tom Petty

Try out three clas­sic riffs by Arc­tic Mon­keys, Me­tal­lica and Tom Petty with TG’S slowed-down video play-throughs

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As the Arc­tic Mon­keys re­cently rounded off their 2018 UK tour with their new al­bum Tran­quil­ity base ho­tel & casino in tow, we thought it would be timely of us to take a look at one of their big­gest riffs, RU Mine. Although it’s fairly easy, take par­tic­u­lar care on those big fret­board leaps – they can throw out your tim­ing.

Me­tal­lica are soon to reis­sue a 30th an­niver­sary deluxe edi­tion of …And Jus­tice For All, so we were in­spired to look at James Het­field’s odd time al­bum opener Black­ened as the sec­ond of our video riffs.

The riff is (mostly!) based in 7/4 time with ac­cented off­beat eighth notes. Count ‘1 & 2 & 3 & 4& 5 & 6& 7&’ and em­pha­sise the ‘&’s to get the feel. A help­ful hint: Lars Ul­rich’s snare hits land on the ‘&’s. Note that we’ve stayed in stan­dard tun­ing for con­ve­nience.

Fi­nally, this month marks the an­niver­sary of the tragic pass­ing of Tom Petty, and we’re look­ing at the up­lift­ing riff from one of his best-loved tracks, Free Fallin’. The magic comes from Petty and Mike Camp­bell’s lay­ered gui­tar parts.

Read on and all will be­come clear.. .

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