Day 4 - Your first guitar riff! 'Wild Thing' by The Troggs

Hi I'm Andy Crowley, and welcome to day 4 of this 10 day guitar starter course!

Today we're checking out an easy guitar RIFF! Most of you will have heard of the term 'guitar riff' before, but do you know what it means?

What is a 'Riff'?

A 'riff' is something we can play on guitar that is short, repetitive and recognisable as a particular song. The riff and song we'll be learning today is Wild Thing by The Troggs - one of the most recognizable guitar riffs EVER!

Other famous riffs you may like to try include Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple or Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes! However, these are more suited to electric guitar - Wild Thing works for both acoustic AND electric guitar!

Remember - The main purpose of this course is to encourage you to pickup your guitar everyday for 10 days - even if it's just for 10 minutes!

Playing guitar as close to everyday as possible is the BEST WAY TO IMPROVE in the shortest amount of time - especially for total beginners!

Once you've got the hang of it, scroll further down this page to see a full cover of me playing the whole so for you to then play along with! In that video, I count you in a guide you through how to play a FULL SONG on guitar!

So here it is, day 4 - remember scroll down to see the writeup, Chord sheet and play along video!

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Wild Thing chord sheet

Click here to see the chord sheet, or click the 'chords' icon at the top of this page!

5 -simple songs

If you need a chord sheet or TAB with more detail- this is available in one of Andy's recommend songbooks here.

This awesome budget song/Tab book includes chords plus easy, clear TAB for 50 popular songs including TAB that is 100% accurate to the way Andy teaches 'Wild Thing' in this video!

Changing between the chords E, A & D

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The following images are extracts from Andy's Beginners Course book, available in print as and as download - learn more here.

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We also cover this way of playing an A with different fingering, which we use to play the 2nd riff in the middle of the song, and can become useful as you become more adept at changing between chords.

A major (alternative)

This is the more well used finger placement for the A major chord at a higher level. This will sound exactly the same, but some people prefer this option for ease of playing with harder chord changes.


Full song demo/ play along!

Once you’ve completed the lesson from the video above, watch Andy demonstrate the full song and play along using this video!

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What's next?

If you've successfully played along with Andy in the full demo video above, you're ready to move on to Day 5 of this Starter course where we'll be checking out a NEW chord and another easy song PLUS a new easy melody!

If you've found you struggle, you may wish to checkout The previous days in this course OR Andy's complete Beginners Course, which is a more in depth version of this starter course.