April 2020

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Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

May 17, 2020
Down Under rocker Joel O'Keefe whips through the guitar backbone within the hard-charging single from 2019's Boneshaker.
Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

May 10, 2020
The ripping, blues-rockin' French guitarist lays the groundwork for the song's heartbeat and 3-part solo featured in 2019's Burning Bright.
Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

May 4, 2020
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods lays out the groundwork for the main groove from his band's latest single from the forthcoming album Age of Legends.
Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

April 27, 2020
The roots-rockin' songwriter breaks down his poppy-drone single from 2019's Caretakers.
Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.
Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

April 12, 2020
JB Brubaker provides the fretboard framework to master the metalcore giant's third single off the 2020 album Guardians.
Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

April 7, 2020
Guitar phenom and joyous human Yvette Young shows you all the complex parts and nimble fingertapping moves wrapped up in Covet's first single from their forthcoming album technicolor.
Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

March 15, 2020
Jagged guitar mastermind Duane Denison unpacks the simple-but-tricky chords and timing of the menacing anti-hero anthem off Goat.
Riff Rundown: Chon's "Gift"

Riff Rundown: Chon's "Gift"

February 2, 2020
The guitar duo slow down their finger-tapping firepower and break apart the outstretched chords that bring the Chon song to life.
Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Chains"

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Chains"

January 19, 2020
Guitarist Cody Bonnette uses drop-C# tuning and a simple walk-up to trigger the lead single off 2019's Scream Through the Walls.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Famine Wolf"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Famine Wolf"

January 12, 2020
Dustie Waring shows how an excellent string-skipping warm-up routine doubles as a blazing opener for the Coma Ecliptic track.
Riff Rundown: Chon's "Petal"

Riff Rundown: Chon's "Petal"

January 5, 2020
Guitarists Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel collectively demonstrate their separate (but complementary) fretboard somersaults featured on 2019's Chon.
Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

November 10, 2019
The Lost Dog Street Band frontman shows how smooth fingerpicking and a few well-placed hammer-ons ring a somber tone to accompany a downtrodden tale.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

October 13, 2019
Paul Waggoner shows you how a handful of diminished and augmented sounds form the core of this track from the band's The Parallax II album.
Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

September 8, 2019
Cody Bonnette recreates the dreamy guitar bed from the post-hardcore outfit's 2007 Come Now Sleep single.
Riff Rundown: Paul Gilbert "I Own a Building"

Riff Rundown: Paul Gilbert "I Own a Building"

June 30, 2019
Watch as the guitar master slows down and simplifies the bonkers opening progression to a song off his 2019 album, Behold Electric Guitar (and has a blast doing it).
Riff Rundown: Lost Dog Street Band's "One Shot to Wake"

Riff Rundown: Lost Dog Street Band's "One Shot to Wake"

June 23, 2019
Train-hopping troubadour Benjamin Tod showcases how he spruces up cowboy chords with some deft fingerpicking.
Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

May 26, 2019
The guitar architect demonstrates how to play the first single off the instrumental-metal band's forthcoming album, Blood Year.
Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Harper Lewis"

Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Harper Lewis"

March 10, 2019
The instrumental guitar wizard demonstrates how he uses a simple fretting-hand pattern and tapping technique to create a difficult-sounding passage from Station.
Top 10 Riff Rundowns of 2018

Top 10 Riff Rundowns of 2018

December 30, 2018
From Alter Bridge to Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Melvins, and more—your favorite clips of guitar greats breaking down their own iconic licks.