December 2019

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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.
Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "Judith"

Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "Judith"

December 23, 2018
Guitarist Billy Howerdel provides some tuning tips (spoiler: it's in standard) and goes through all the phases of the Mer De Noms smash hit.
Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

December 2, 2018
The popular song (and unusual fingerpicking pattern) off the band's 2004 debut, One Day Remains, is simplified by creator Mark Tremonti.
Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

November 18, 2018
The APC guitarist builds the 6-string parts that form the feedback-rich single from 2018's Eat the Elephant.
Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

October 28, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitar star breaks down the fingerpicking pattern used on his solo single from Dust.
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.