by Grateful Dead • Lesson #382 • Aug 8, 2021


Hello, my friends - new lesson today on learning the Grateful Dead classic “Ripple” from their 1970 album American Beauty. This has long been one of my favorite songs to play on the guitar, and I’m excited to share it with you. You’ll only need G-C-D for a majority of the song, and in this lesson I’ll walk you step-by-step to learning the memorable intro riff, which even on a solo guitar can be played in conjunction with the chords you’re strumming. Let’s get into it!

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