This free Bo Diddley style Road Runner guitar lesson will show you how easy it is to play riffs and licks in this great blues song. Out of all the classic Bo Diddley songs, Road Runner has one of the most memorable, funky sounds. Similar licks are found in lots of songs which is why we're going to learn how to play them.
In the video, the focus on a popular riff that runs through many famous rock and roll, blues and rhythm and blues songs. By learning common patterns, beginners can quickly expand the list of songs that they can play.
As you will see in the video, we will be playing in the Key of E and the note we will start on is the E on the 6th string.
The following notes are played over the E chord
After starting out on the 6th string, the next note played is G then G#.
Next we will go to the 5th guitar string and we will play a DDb
and then a B.
When we change our chord to the A our starting note will be an Athen CC#GF#E
When the chord is B7 the notes that are being played are BDD#AAbF#
That's all there is to the picking pattern.
NOW....let's talk about the chords and how many beats they get.
We will be playing a total of 12 bars in 4/4 time. Each bar of music will get 4 beats and we will begin on the E.
We will play:4 bars of E with each bar getting 4 beats
2 bars of A with each bar getting 4 beats
change back to the E and play 2 bars of E with each bar getting 4 beats
Go to the B7 Play 1 bar of B7 with that one bar getting 4 beats
Change to the A
Play 1 bar of A with that one bar getting 4 beats
Change to the E and play 1 bar of E with that one bar getting 4 beats
Play 1 bar of B7 with that one bar getting 4 beats
Start over at the beginning.
As you can see, what we have here is nothing but 12 bar blues.
All of the above instructions are included in the video but some players like to have a print out that they can put on their music stand rather than having to fast forward or rewind to find instructions for the step they are on.
To avoid copyright violations, I am unable to play the entire Bo Diddley Road Runner song or duplicate the guitar parts exactly so I can only teach a Bo Diddley STYLE Road Runner Guitar lesson. Yeah, it sucks but what can I say..I don't own the songs and can't afford to pay for permission to have them on my website.
That being said, this free Bo Diddley style Road Runner guitar lesson will help players to develop the skills to play a number of songs that have a similar guitar riff and help them to figure out the intro to Bo Diddley's Road Runner themselves.
After you master this, Bo Diddley style Road Runner guitar lesson, visit Easy Guitar Guy again to check out more of our free guitar lessons that will give you the skills to play your favorite Bo Diddley songs and many, many more.