Blues Rhythms & Riffs – Inspired by Back Door Man - Riff Ninja Academy

Blues Rhythms & Riffs – Inspired by Back Door Man

Checkout this fun electric blues riff inspired by Howling Wolf (from Back Door Man). It comes out of the E pentatonic minor scale, both the first and second positions. First we'll look briefly at the scale the riff comes from, then we'll learn the riff along with some variations, then we'll start using it as a rhythm riff, and begin playing around with some call and answer!

Here is the tab for the basic version of the rhythm riff, at 4:20 on the video. If you're not familiar with reading standard notation, don't worry about it, just use the TAB portion at the bottom to see where your fingers go, and use the video to learn the timing.

Do you like this lesson? Let us know what you learned in the comments below.

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Don Rankin Reply

Lesson looks good. Unfortunately the audio is too low/weak. Have to strain to hear it.

    Jonathan Boettcher Reply

    Hi Don, do you have any external speakers or headphones you could try? Perhaps the volume is turned low on your computer somewhere? Sometimes there are a few different places in the software that affect volume. I know it is ok on this end…

Greg Reply

Good stuff, I’m relatively new player and this really gave me some ideas and skills how to play

Gary Ingimundarson Reply

Great riff!!@

Just getting into this style and really enjoyed this lesson.

Favour to ask : could you resend me the first lesson in this series, I inadvertently deleted it? thanks. Gary

denis sabourin Reply

thank you for all the videos. I would like to know if any dvds are available?

Kenneth Young Reply

I’m hearing “Wipe Out” beginning in the riff.
Then drenched with a generous Blues syrup
over next riff played. Mighty tasty!!

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