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In this famous riff lesson we get to take a look at the opening riff to “Dream On” by Aerosmith.
This riff is probably best played using hybrid picking. If you have never really used hybrid picking before this Dream On guitar lesson could be a good starting point for you. The hybrid picking is actually very consistent and I think the easiest way to play this riff.
The chord forms used in this intro riff can be a little bit awkward. They include some pretty large stretches at one point and it is best to just take your time with this section of the riff.
Besides the intro riff I also teach you the little guitar fill that happens right before the verse. This little guitar lick is quite fun to play and moves around quite a bit. However this little guitar fill does have a lot of consistent techniques in it that are used over and over. It it has two main licks that are sequenced up and down the scale repeatedly.
So I would put this lesson at an intermediate level due to the fact that we use hybrid picking and have some pretty decent chord stretches with some bigger jumps as well as the guitar fill at the end.
Take your time with all this stuff and try to break it down into little parts. These chord voicings that Joe Perry and Brad Whitford are using could also perhaps inspire your own chord work that uses those voicings.
Whenever I learn a riff I like to take some of the more unique elements about it and expand upon them and try to create my own thing in that style. You will learn a lot more from the riff that way and eventually be able to take things like this and make them your own.
Okay to the video! Carl…