6 Simple Guitar Riffs That Became Classics

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In the presence of the Hendrixes, Claptons, Vais and Malmsteens, it seems that only virtuosos can make it big in the guitaring world. However, the fact of the matter is that some of the most iconic rock songs of all time have the simplest riffs.

In fact, these riffs have singlehandedly inspired generations of guitarists all over the world, and are some of the easiest for beginners to learn.

If you want to pick up the guitar and impress your peers in the shortest time possible, learn the following riffs, and become a legend!

1. Iron man (Black Sabbath 1970)

Written and performed by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, this is one of the most instantly recognizable riffs of all time. A popular reference is when Jack Black teaches it to the young Zack Mooneyham in The School of Rock.

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  • John

    Wouldn’t know it if I heard it. The song sucked.

  • John

    Another one I don’t know. It’s NOT famous.

  • John

    White who?

  • Bill Scott

    A million here….a million there. A million to them must be like a penny to most of us.


    if you don’t play an instrument, you’re not a musician !!!