Peter Gunn Theme

Now it's finally time to have some fun. :) Many of you will know this as the Blues Brothers theme - and that's a great riff for beginners to practice! It’s a finger exercise, a picking exercise, and a rhythm exercise in one.

A lot is going on here, and this Peter Gunn theme is probably the first riff you'll play on guitar! So, take it slowly and don’t get too overwhelmed. It's easy - but it does require some practice to get it right.


Peter Gunn Theme - Guitar TAB

Here's a little tab of this Peter Gunn riff. :) We'll learn how to read guitar TABs in Module 4, so don't worry if you're not familiar with it. For now, look at the bottom line on the image below. That's the thickest string, the 0 is an open string (no fingers on it), and the numbers are the frets where you'll put your fingers on.

Peter Gunn Theme

You'll learn more about fingering in the video lesson and more about tabs later on this course!


Peter Gunn Theme - Picking & Rhythm

We'll play the Peter Gunn riff using down-strums only! That is an excellent way of practicing picking individual notes, and it can be a challenge at first. Be careful not to hit the other strings as you’re picking. 

A good tip is laying the 1st finger of your fretting hand down across all of the strings. Like this, you'll mute unwanted strings while playing the riff.

This riff has an “even rhythm,” and we’ll use even 8th notes throughout the song. Don't worry about the musical terms yet, but make sure you're keeping an even tempo!

Set your metronome to a tempo that feels comfortable to you. Check out the JustinGuitar Time Trainer Metronome to get the most out of your practice time. :)


Pinky Finger Workout!

If you're following my Beginner Guitar Course, we haven’t done a whole lot with our pinky fingers, but that’s about to change. This riff has your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers placed on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th frets of the thickest string, respectively.

Try to get your fingers placed on the string before you start. It might feel a bit awkward at first but work on keeping the shape and strengthening your hand muscles. It'll all come in handy as you become a more advanced player!

Your pinky will feel not as strong as the other fingers, but that only means you'll have to practice a bit harder. :)

Module 2: The E Gunn