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Riff Rundown: Melvins' "Edgar the Elephant"

Riff Rundown: Melvins' "Edgar the Elephant"

August 12, 2018
Buzz Osborne, Jeff Pinkus, and Steven McDonald break down their individual parts before combining powers for a thunderous performance of the A Walk with Love & Death track.
Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Roots Remain"

Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Roots Remain"

August 5, 2018
Bill Kelliher elaborates on how he uses open notes, bends, and hammer-ons for this Emperor of Sand track.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Telos"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Telos"

July 22, 2018
Dustie Waring challenges your picking-hand efficiency with this ripping speed-metal number off The Parallax II: Future Sequence.
Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "One Mint Julep"

Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "One Mint Julep"

June 10, 2018
The Certified Guitar Player confesses to some "petty theft" and demostrates tricks he's taken from Chet Atkins and Robert Johnson and applies it to the classic Clovers song.
Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Sultan's Curse"

Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Sultan's Curse"

May 27, 2018
Guitarist Bill Kelliher slows down and articulates the nuances to the band's Grammy-winning single from 2017's Emperor of Sand.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "The Coma Machine"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "The Coma Machine"

May 13, 2018
You may need a neck adjustment after BTBAM axeman Paul Waggoner shows off the main riffer from 2015's Coma Ecliptic.
Riff Rundown - Killswitch Engage's "My Last Serenade"

Riff Rundown - Killswitch Engage's "My Last Serenade"

May 6, 2018
Soft-spoken metal hero Joel Stroetzel slows down a sick pattern that only sounds difficult.
Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "Breaking All the Rules"

Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "Breaking All the Rules"

April 29, 2018
Watch the British guitar hero play the main lick off the self-titled track from his 1981 album, Breaking All the Rules.
Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "Saturday Night Shuffle"

Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "Saturday Night Shuffle"

April 22, 2018
The Aussie fingerstyle wiz details how he adds a little Scott Joplin flair to cover the Merle Travis classic that's featured on his 2018 album, Accomplice One.
Riff Rundown: Cave In's "Moral Eclipse"

Riff Rundown: Cave In's "Moral Eclipse"

April 15, 2018
The Mutoid Man riff leader showcases a headbanger that helped bridge the gap between hardcore and metal.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Blot"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Blot"

April 8, 2018
Guitarist Paul Waggoner provides the fretting-hand recipe to nail the lead single off BTBAM's new album, Automata I.
Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Self Revolution"

Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Self Revolution"

April 1, 2018
Joel Stroetzel provides the tips on how to properly nail the main part to a ripping song off of Alive or Just Breathing.
Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "Am I Going Up?"

Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "Am I Going Up?"

March 26, 2018
Ben McLeod shows how a dotted-eighth-note delay and some hybrid picking brought to life this fun little run featured on Sleeping Through the War.
Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel on Jerry Reed's "The Claw"

Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel on Jerry Reed's "The Claw"

March 18, 2018
The Aussie fingerstyle wiz walks us through—and thankfully slows down—a bevy of Reed-inspired moves he's used over the years.
Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Hate by Design"

Riff Rundown: Killswitch Engage's "Hate by Design"

March 11, 2018
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel demonstrates how to play the main verse part to the lead single off Incarnate.
Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "I Saved a Bird Today"

Riff Rundown: Peter Frampton's "I Saved a Bird Today"

March 4, 2018
The British guitar hero demonstrates his Django-inspired 2017 single, plus the riff from his '76 smash "Do You Feel Like We Do."
Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "When God Comes Back"

Riff Rundown: All Them Witches' "When God Comes Back"

February 25, 2018
Ben McLeod deconstructs the monstrous guitar part that kickstarts side A of Lightning at the Door.
Riff Rundown: Mutoid Man's "Kiss of Death"

Riff Rundown: Mutoid Man's "Kiss of Death"

February 18, 2018
Shredmeister general Stephen Brodsky breaks down the main guitar part for the band's most popular song off War Moans.
Riff Rundown: Young the Giant's "Waves"

Riff Rundown: Young the Giant's "Waves"

February 3, 2018
Guitarist Jacob Tilley details the simple-but-catchy fingerpicking pattern behind their single off of Mind Over Matter.
Riff Rundown: The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom"

Riff Rundown: The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom"

January 15, 2018
In our premiere of a new video series, alt-rock veteran Clark Vogeler shows you how to play the main riff of their '90s anthem.