Hey everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman from guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you three easy, really recognizable acoustic riffs from some songs from the 90s. These aren’t going to be like the complete song, well, I guess one song is actually the complete song. The other ones are just a really just cool recognizable riff that you can play. They’re fun to play and people will go, “Hey, I know what song that is.” So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at this.
Right. So first we have What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes. This only uses a four chords and the verse, chorus, everything, is just the same thing over and over and over again. So this song is actually the complete song if you want to look at it that way. So we start off, we’ve got A, and how I’m doing A is fifth string is open and I’m just using my first finger to bar across the second fret of the fourth, third and second strings.
And then from there it goes to B Minor. So all you have to do is just what we’ve got your finger already here is just move it up so you’re now barring the fifth string as well. Second finger to the third fret of the second string, third finger to the fourth fret of the fourth string and fourth finger to the fourth fret of the third string. And then from there we go to D. So a fourth string is open, second fret of the third string with my first finger, third fret of the second string with my third finger, and second fret of the first string with my second finger. And then just back to A, so I guess technically it only has three chords.
So the strum for this, we’ve got two quarter notes, so one, two, and then two sixteenth notes, and an eighth note for beat three. And then another quarter note for four. So it’s like one, two, three-y and four. Down, down, down, up, down, down, and it’s the same for each chord.
So on A we’ve got down, down, down, up, down, down. To B Minor, down, down, down, up, down, down. To D. Back to A. And then it just repeats. So that’s like entire song, the verse and the chorus is just the same.
All right, next we have a Wonderwall by Oasis. And this, again, is not the whole song. This is just like the main riff, like the part you start playing. Everyone’s like, “Hey, I know that one.” All right, so we’ve got four chords for this. We’ve got E Minor 7, so first finger on the second fret of the fifth string. Oh, and also I’m using a capo on the second fret. So when I’m saying these frets, it’s in reference to the capo. So we’re on the second fret of the fifth string, which technically be the fourth, but since the capo’s on the second fret, the fourth is now the second fret. So the sixth string is open. Second fret of the fifth string with your first finger, second fret of the fourth string with your second finger. And then third string is open. Third fret of the second string with your third finger, and third fret of the first string with your fourth finger.
And then from there it goes to a G. so if you, by playing it like this, all you have to do is move your second finger from the fourth string to the third fret of the sixth string.
And then from there it goes to D suspended 4. You’re going to move your first finger from the second front of the fifth string to the second fret of the third string. And then from there we’re going to go to A7 suspended 4. So we just move our first finger from the third string to the fourth string and play the fifth string open as well. And then from there it goes back to E Minor 7. So all you have to do is move your first finger back to the fifth string. Drop your second finger on here and then that just repeats.
So the strumming for this, on E Minor 7 we’ve got down, down, down, up. So it’s one, two-y and, down, down, up, down, and then from there we switched to the G and we go down, up, down, down. So three-y and four. One, two-y and three-y and four and then going into the next measure you’re still on G and you have two sixteenth notes, so down, up, and then we switched to the D suspended 4, so one-y and two, three-y, and four. We switch to A7 suspended 4, so it’s kind of a weird, strumming pattern. So it’s like down, down, down, up, down, down, down, up, down, up, down, down, down, up, down, down, down, up. And then that just repeats. So you’ve got …
All right. Then the last one we’re going to look at is Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer. Now we’ve moved the capo from the second fret to the third fret. And this is another one that’s like really, really simple as far as like what you’re doing with your fretting hand. So we’re starting off, we have C, so third fret of the fifth string with your third finger. Second fret of the fourth string with your second finger. Third string is open. First fret of the second string with your first finger and first string is open. And then we have C Major 7. So all you have to simply do is just remove your first finger. Then we have C7. So just put your first finger back down on and then put your fourth finger onto the third fret of the third string. And then this back to C Major 7. So again, this isn’t the entire song, this is just the main riff from it.
So the strumming for this, we have one, two, three-y, and four. So it’s down, down, down, up, down, down.
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