Soundgarden style Drop D riff

November 25, 2012 1 Comment

Learn a super heavy chunking Soundgarden style Drop D power chord riff. Good times!

Nirvana Style Riff Using Open and Barre Chords

September 1, 2011 248 Comments

Kurt Cobain would often combine barred and open chords to create his signature grungy riffs, so today we’ll be paying tribute to the Seattle great!

The Sophisticated Rocker

August 28, 2011 2 Comments

Today we’ll show you how to apply 7th chord power chords to a key to write sophisticated rock songs that blur the line between alternative, progressive, and jazz.

Alternative Soloing Using Chromatics

August 23, 2011 2 Comments

In alternative rock, it’s important to sound different while at the same time sounding a little harsh and off. Today we’ll show you how to use chromatics to get this effect.

Stand Apart With Odd Time Signatures

August 23, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’ll show you how to use odd time signatures to create some cool, different sounding alternative riffs that will really help you stand out from your peers!

Foo Fighters – “Big Me”

August 3, 2011 3 Comments

The Foo Fighters are one of the biggest bands today, but this is the song that started it all for Dave Grohl. So let’s get started!

Staind – “So Far Away” (Chords)

August 3, 2011 2 Comments

To get some more practice with the 34 time signature we’ve got a great song from the alternative rock band Staind. We hope you like it!

Smashing Pumpkins Style Ionian Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

There’s no limit to what you can do with the Ionian mode, so today’s lesson in the style of The Smashing Pumpkins is only the beginning!

Queens of the Stone Age Style Hendrix Box Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ve got a Queens of the Stone Age style riff to get some practice with the Hendrix box. So let’s get started!

Foo Fighters Style Mixolydian Progression

July 28, 2011 No Comments

The mixolydian mode has long been a standby for rock music, and this Foo Fighters riff will give you a glimpse into what you can do with this versatile mode.

Staind Style Sus Chord Riff

July 26, 2011 No Comments

Sus chords have a dark, ambiguous sound that works very well for alt rockers like Staind. We’ll show you how they might use these chords in a riff.

Smashing Pumpkins Style Root 6 Major Scale Riff

July 26, 2011 No Comments

We’re getting our 90′s alternative on in this riff inspired by the great Smashing Pumpkins.

My Chemical Romance Style Octaves

July 25, 2011 1 Comment

Octaves are a favorite among all guitar players, especially that of vampire rockers My Chemical Romance. We’ll show you how they might use the might octave!

Hoobastank Style I vi IV V riff

July 9, 2011 No Comments

The I vi IV V chord progression is one of the all time classics, and has limitless applications. We’ve got a killer Hoobastank riff today to show off a little of what this progression can do.

Breaking Benjamin Style Sus Chord Riff

July 9, 2011 No Comments

Sus chords are a favorite among alternative rockers because of their dark and ambiguous sound. We’ll be checking out a Breaking Benjamin style riff in this lesson!

Incubus Style Barre Chord Riff

July 7, 2011 No Comments

Recently we’ve looked at root 5 major and minor chords individually, but now it’s time to put the two together. To do this, we’ll look at an Incubus style riff.

Three Doors Down Style Arpeggiation Riff

July 4, 2011 No Comments

Modern rock bands like Three Doors Down love using arpeggiation to give their songs more of a low key vibe. We’ll check out how they might use it today!

Foo Fighters Style Octave Riff

July 4, 2011 No Comments

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters loves throwing in octaves to craft his alternative rock hooks. We’ll show you how he might use them!

Nirvana Style Power Chord Riff

July 3, 2011 1 Comment

Nirvana helped bring alternative to forefront of popular music with the help of the mighty power chord. We’ll show you how they did it!

Nirvana – “Come As You Are” (Riff)

July 1, 2011 11 Comments

Nirvana helped start the alternative rock movement and brought with them some classic guitar riffs. Here’s one of Kurt’s best.