Artic Monkeys know how to write a great riff! I know many of my regular readers and subscribers may have never heard of this band from Sheffield, UK, but over here they are pretty big and boy, do they know how to write a classic riff and ‘Do I wanna know?’ is no exception!

Do I wanna know is one of their very best. It is a simple bluesy minor pentatonic style riff that actually reminds me of some Albert King riffs.

Below is the video…



The basic tab is below for a bit of a visual guide.  Check it, learn it and enjoy it!

D|—————————3–1———————————————–| Repeat
E|–1h3– 3—–1h3—————————————————3——|


What the guys in the Artic Monkeys have done well is to take a bluesy type riff, put their own spin on it and make it fit their indie rock sound and they did a great job doing so.

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Hats off to you, lads. The riff has made the top 50 and for everyone reading, give the riff a go. It is pretty simple but sooo cool!

‘It wa’ good that’ as they say in Sheffield!

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May 19, 2017 Reply

Artic Monkeys are my favorite music band! I love all their songs especially Do I Wanna Know.

May 21, 2017 Reply

Yeah, man, great band with loads of great riffs!

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