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Don't Forget the Joker: The Riff

 

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Now let's cover some right-hand techniques in order to play the riff. This is a simple chromatic line and an open string. Practice that string skipping, and keep that right hand moving fluidly. Don't pause. Slant your pick a little bit, and you'll get some chunkier scraping sounds and your pick won't get caught on the string as you move across it. Remember that the spirit of this song is wild, heavy metal. Don't worry about playing with too much precision or care. It's dirty. It's ugly. It's offensive. Crank up your amp, don't shave or shower for a few days, and go for it.
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