If you would like to comment on this or anything else you have seen on Guitar Noise, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.

And if you liked this lesson, sign up for the Guitar Noise newsletter. Updates, lessons, tips and answers to your questions delivered straight to your inbox. Also consider joining us for friendly discussion on the forums.

Tom Hess

Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and the guitar player for the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He helps people from all over the world learn how to teach guitar. Visit his website tomhess.net to get free guitar teacher resources and to read more guitar teaching articles.

Featured on Guitar Noise

2 Comments

  1. Rob
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    These are actually some really good tips!

    I think many guitarists don’t work on their rhythm playing because they favour “lead” playing…whereas really they are two sides of the same coin.

    Actually- scratch that- they are more like the same side of the same coin. It’s all guitar playing, after all!

  2. Jamie
    September 11th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    When I struggle to come up with riffs I simply start listening to some songs in a style slightly different to what I am striving for. Then I try to mix up the sound of the new genre with the techniques of the desired genre. I can get some interesting ideas out of that.