I began posting videos on YouTube of my guitar playing back in 2005, before YouTube was popular! Little did I know that come 2013 there would be over 36 million video results for the word “guitar” on YouTube and I would have watched thousands of these videos myself.
I’ve always believed that online video was one of the greatest contributions in improving my guitar playing and I hear that sentiment echoed with many of the guitar players I talk to today.
The first video I put on YouTube back in December 2005, a cover of Children of Bodom’s Silent Night Bodom Night.
Something that has always fascinated me is how and what guitarists decide to play when they are jamming in a guitar shop, at home or when warming up. I’m sure you’ve all been in that situation when you are trying out a new guitar in a music store and have to think about what to play. Clearly you don’t want to play anything too obvious (i.e. Stairway to Heaven) and you also want to sound like you know what you’re doing.
I can improvise to some extent, but it’s certainly one of my weaker areas. I have a few stock riffs & licks that I can bash out but my repertoire is fairly limited.
I created ShareMyRiffs to solve this problem. There are millions of guitarists worldwide that discover new and great sounding riffs everyday and this website is hopefully the perfect place to share those riffs and learn from other players.
Whether it be your own composition, a cool riff from a song you heard, or a cover of a TV theme tune, I’d love for you to upload videos and tabs of what you’ve discovered so that others can learn from you – and hopefully build on the videos found on this website to come up with even more cool riffs.