Everybody, how’s it going? This is Darren Goodman with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you three of my favorite Jerry Cantrell riffs, Jerry Cantrell guitarist for Alison In Chains. He’s one of my favorite guitar players just simply because I think he comes up with really kind of cool sounding rifts and stuff, so be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look.
All right, so the first one we’re going to look at is, It Ain’t Like That from … it’s a song on the album Facelift. So we start off, we just got an E major cord. So six string is open on the second fret of the fifth string with my second finger, second fret of the fourth string with my third finger, first fret of the third string with my first finger and second and first strings are open. And we’re just going to simply strum this with just an upstroke just like that.
And then we’re going to follow that with a single note, third fret of the sixth string, and we’re going to bend that up a full step. So I’m using my third finger on the third fret, but I’ve got my second finger on the second fret and my first finger on the first fret just to assist with that bend. Then we’re going to hit it, bend it up a whole step and then release it back down. So we’ve got the E.
Whoops. It’s very easy to end up bending too far or not far enough. Not much to it. Fairly simple riff, but I just think it just sounds really cool and it’s a, you know, it’s always good, you know, anytime you can practice stuff like, you know, bending and stuff, just to help with that technique and get better at it.
All right, next we have Rooster. So for this one it uses some bar chords and stuff. So hopefully, you know, bar chords aren’t a, you know, a problem for you. But we start off, we’ve just got F sharp major. So I’m barring my first finger all the way across all six strings at the second fret. Then my second finger is on the third fret of the third string. My third finger is on the fourth fret of the fifth string. And my fourth finger is on the fourth fret of the fourth string. And this is just F sharp, major.
We strum that on … it’s a quarter note, so it’s on the downbeat of one. And then on the downbeat of two we hit it again. But then on the end of two, we do this … it’s F sharp 11 over E. It sounds worse than it actually is. All you simply do is just remove your first finger so you’re no longer barring and your other finger stayed the same. So it’s like one two and three. And then on the end of three you strum the same chord again, and then on the downbeat of four, and then there’s two 16th notes. So you’ve got one, two, and three and then on the end of three. So one, two, and three and four and.
And then you simply move up the same shape you do on the F sharp. Now it’s A, so we’re just going to move that shape up to the fifth fret. So you now you’re barring at the fifth threat and we’re going to do the same thing. Same thing, we just remove our first finger. So the F sharp. And it just repeats.
So it’s a cool riff. I think it’s just really interesting the way that, you know, just taking that bar chord and despite playing the other strings open how nice it sounds. Then when you moved to A, again, it sounds nice. You’re getting that familiarity of the previous chord, but with just some new notes added in there. Cool riff.
And then finally we’re going to look at the riff from the song Wood. So here we start off, we’re going to take your first finger, we’re going to bar it across the fourth fret of the fourth and the third string. And you’re going to play this and then do a hammer on with your third finger to the sixth fret of the third string. So like that. So like this first one’s a 16th note and then when you do the hammer on, it is an eighth note tied to another eighth note. So you would do that twice and then you just play just the fourth fret on the fourth and third string. And then you follow that by taking your second finger and putting it on the fifth fret of the fourth string. So it’s and that’s tied to A, that’s the first measure. So then that chord is tied to the next measure. So you just let that ring out for an additional four beats. And do it again.
Then it just ends with this little riff here. So we’re going to start at the a the … you doing this, so your second fingers on the fifth fret of the fourth string. So we’re going to just come back and do like a slide from nowhere to the fifth fret, but you can simply just a half step is sufficient. So if you just started the fourth fret and you slide to that note, and then to the fourth fret of the third string with your first finger to the fifth fret of the second string with your second finger, and then just repeat the whole thing. And that’s it.
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