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

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Welcome to Day 4 of this free 10 day acoustic guitar series!

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?

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!

*NEW* See the 'Jam along' video with live on screen chords for the full song further down this page!

> Get a printable chords + lyrics sheet for this song - click here

Changing between the chords E, A & D

Photos & diagrams from Andy’s Beginners Course Book, available in paperback & as an ebook 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.


*NEW EDIT* Jam along video now with live on screen chords!

Once you’ve completed the lesson, test your new skills by jamming along to Andy to the FULL song in the video below. Now features chords and chord progression live on screen as you play - check it out!

> Get a printable chords + lyrics sheet for this song - click here

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 lessons in this course to practice some elements or songs again.

You can also check outAndy's Beginners Course, which is much more comprehensive than this starter course and is accompanied by over 100 free beginner song tutorials.

Next Up: Day 5 - Folk Strumming and Lead Guitar for 'Ooh La Laa' by The Faces

Well done! Let's jump into the next lesson of the course.