22 Versatile Riffs You Can Use Right Now

Even if you know a lot of cool riffs and licks, you may find yourself stumped when it’s time to come up with something creative on the fly. If in such moments you find yourself relying on tired phrases, mundane chord voicings and static, go-nowhere, copycat riffs, take heart!
Notice how the complex chord voicings make up for the stark contrast of the single-note passages.
Case in point: The low-string hard-rock riff example in Ex.

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