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Watch the Rifi Hendrix: 2 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Rock Guitar 8: Advanced Rhythm Approaches

Rifi Hendrix: 2 - Guitar 1 & 2 Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Chris Buono and is sourced from Guitar Cubed.

Face it: a great riff is just awesome to play. And what better way to celebrate than crankin' out that riff with some distortion, right? Wrong. The problem is we guitar players tend to make the same mistake over and over when it comes to dialing in a tone geared for big rock riff playing by turning those gain knobs way too far to the right, especially when two guitars are involved. The trick is to use a medium amount of gain that of course produces the break up we're looking for while still retaining clarity. Truth be told: Excessive gain actually sounds smaller in the overall mix. Here's why: The higher the gain, the more compression and compression kills dynamics when used incorrectly. This is what starts volume wars between guitarists not to mention within the whole band and eventually with the sound guy. You want heavy? Pick harder! Here in Guitars 1 & 2 of Rifi Hendrix you have riffs all right and they're clear as day and big as life. Together they sound huge. Wait 'til you hear them on their own and discover how much gain is NOT there.

Some other items to watch for here are the neck locations of each part, the pitch inflections throughout and the super-slick chromatic passages!