Day Tripper Guitar Lesson – Famous Riffs – The Beatles

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In this installment of the famous guitar riffs series, we will take a look at one of The Beatles’ most iconic guitar riffs, the main riff to “Day Tripper”.

Day Tripper was recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions and is credited as a Lennon/McCartney composition. However, John Lennon is the main writer for Day tripper and the one who penned the memorable guitar riff we will tackle in this video lesson.

This Day Tripper guitar lesson is pretty accessible to every level of guitar player. There is a quick guitar roll in the middle of the riff which may prove to be a challenge to a beginner, but with a little practice it should come along quite easily.

Day Tripper starts out as a blues in E including the riff we are covering in this lesson. The guitar riff is played over E for the intro but does have one section of it where it is played over the IV chord (A7) during the verse.

The great thing about this is when the riff is played over the IV chord (A7), all we have to do is simply move the whole riff over one string. Other than that nothing changes in how it is fingered or anything.

So enjoy this short but sweet Day Tripper guitar lesson!



  1. There is this song I heard a long time ago and is like an original like metal song but right after the solo the play this intro riff, and I completely forgot the name and Im looking for it again, doesnt come to mind and Im sad

  2. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  3. The riffs in "Day Tripper" "Satisfaction" and "Pretty Woman" are classics and ones that every guitarist wannabe played over and over just to show off. There were lots of them back then and were used as a great way to grab the listener right off the bat. What's interesting about the "Day Tripper" lick is that it combines a major and minor scale, something never done before, as were so many things by The Beatles.

    And for any young guitarists who want a challenge, learn the guitar part for "House Of The Rising Sun" by the Animals…another great "show off" part.

  4. dentro do carroooooooooooo


  6. Cristian Ribeiro

    Dentroooooooo do carroooo

  7. anyone have a link to a vid showing that one little guitar solo near the end of the song? that part sounds dope

  8. To my mind one of the greatest opening riff's ever

  9. before this video i did all the work with my pinky (/_-)

  10. Im absolutely awful at it rn because I just started but this video helps a lot. I just started playing a week ago but I can hear it getting a little better each time I play

  11. hello there, can I make a request? can you do the guitar solos of The Ventures' Let's Go, and Bull Dog? Thank you so much… (^_^)

  12. drowsybrandino .

    What tuning

  13. so easy to see and understand……….I have learnt so many songs because of you……THANKS

  14. And Justice for All

    Thank you so much for your great job!

  15. BTW, who gave this a thumb's down?  Crazy!!

  16. I love these little tid bits you have been doing.  Sometimes just a riff is enough.  I have been taking these and adding to them with my own style.  Can't wait to see what I come up with for this great riff.  Again many Thanks, Tom

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