Watch the Spy Hunter: 1 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Cubed
You never know where a riff is going to come from. Be it one inspired from another riff, or one that comes to you as you're practicing a new scale or maybe one that gets into your head via your favorite video game! Spy Hunter is all about the latter instance, but on the serious side it serves up some foundational concepts that will be ever-present throughout Guitar Cubed. First, a good idea when bringing in a riff idea to any playing situation is to have them be simple and that's where this Am jaunt shines. Both rhythm parts will prove to be a quick teach so you and everyone in the band can get right to rockin' it. While Guitar 1 slickly strolls along with consecutive 1/8 notes, Guitar 2 chops things up a bit more with 16ths. Another important attribute to Guitars 1 & 2 are the absense of chords as Spy Hunter is a single note riff manifesto based more on a tonal center than a specific chord. This element affords you the luxury of choosing whether to solo in major or minor tonalities since there's no concrete harmonic devices to say otherwise. Perhaps the crowning jewel is the introduction of motivic development heard in Guitar 3, which be will delved into throughly in the corresponding breakdown segment.