PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT EXACTLY THAT IS AND THE WAY TO PLAY ON AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR.
I see the term on many of the songs in this site. I played the guitar in the church choir, the chords are not hard to learn. But picking and following tabs has been a challenge.
What's up AndysMusic?, Hello and welcome to Chordie.
Let me begin by stating that Chordie is not an instructional site and the best, and pretty much only sure-fire safe way to learn how to play, or expand ones' knowledge is to sit down, face to face, human to human, and ask questions, get responses and go from there. I do not mean in any way to discredit the fine sites available here on Chordie(they're all wonderful!) that offer guitar lessons on-line but it's my moral duty, from one musician to another, to shoot straight with you. !!!!!!!
If you truely wish to learn, learn from a reputable, established human in the geographical arena of which you reside. (for example; a musician that plays out locally in the night clubs and gives lessons in the local music stores, or at their personal residence, close to where you live). One can't go wrong by using this method. Although a great player isn't always a great teacher, more times than not, there are some very valuable lessons to be learned from established musicians. Do you get what I'm tryin' to say? Check out what's available in your area, decide who you like best, and approach them. Ask them if they'd be intersted in giving guitar lessons. $20 per 1/2 hour lesson is pretty much the standard rate, some charge a bit more, some may offer to teach you for free. There's no harm in asking............
One more important item to add to my suggestions; If you are underage(less than 18 years of age), insist that your parent or legal guardian come along for the lessons. Better to be safe than sorry...........
Peace and Guitars,
and to answer your riff question;(to generalize)
In music, a riff is an ostinato figure: a repeated chord progression, pattern, refrain or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instrument, that forms the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition (though they are most often found in rock music, Latin, funk and jazz). Classical music is also sometimes based on a simple riff, such as Ravel's Boléro. Riffs can be as simple as a tenor saxophone honking a simple, catchy rhythmic figure, or as complex as the riff-based variations in the head arrangements played by the Count Basie Orchestra or Frank Zappa wailing out a mega-complex arrangement comprehendable to only a select few, such as little Stevie Vai. ( Zappa once stated that that his music was unable to be transcibed, Steve Vai presented Mr. Zappas' music to him, note for note, and after thorough examination Mr. Zappa hired little Stevie Vai as his "stunt guitarist".)