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Ron Wood’s Rhythm Guitar Riffs in Faces and Rolling Stones | Reverb Learn to Play

October 16, 2019


Hey everybody, this is Jeff with Reverb.com and today I’d like to talk a little bit about the guitar playing of Mr. Ron Wood. Ron Wood, of course, Faces, Rolling Stones, has a bunch of great solo records. Obviously, a name everybody knows in the music world. Ron Wood is really a multifaceted musician. He plays lap steel, acoustic instruments, slide guitar. He’s a great lead guitar player. But in this video, I wanted to focus on some things that I took from his playing and from a rhythm aspect. He’s such an original rhythm player and I’m going to talk about some things he did specifically with the Faces, but rather than note for note, I’m more concerned with getting the idea of what he’s doing and maybe you can get it into your own playing a little bit. But one thing he does would be like a typical Chuck Berry rhythm. When Ron, of course, would play something like that, but he would add things, kind of dissonant sounding things like … Of course, you might recognize that, if you’re a Faces fan, if you go to the key of D, that’s typical of the riff of Miss Judy’s Farm. But I’ve kind of taken that concept and used it in other songs. Especially when I’m playing a driving rock and roll rhythm like that. And if you look at what I’m doing, I moved it to B. I’m in the key of B, but you’ve got your Chuck Berry style of rhythm here but I’m actually throwing in a little hammer on here and getting this two middle notes, on the 7th fret of the D and G string which adds a little bit to it. And you can do so much from there to spice that up, I mean Ron would add little notes. For example there, I’m using my pinkie to go from 10 to 11 back into the chord. But those are things that are so definitively the Ron Wood style. Another thing about Ron’s playing that I’ve worked into my own playing is the way he works single notes into his rhythm. What I’m doing there is I’m just kind of improving licks, but because I’m in the key of B I’ve got my B minor pentatonic right there and I’m playing a lot of little just broken … There for example I’m just hammering seven nine on the D string to seven on the G string and the same thing off the A string. The same thing on the A string. And then kind of descending picking bends that he does… Right within the scale. Sometimes I’ll even use my
thumb to grab the cord to free up my other fingers to do that. Now if we change the feel a little more, instead of a straight beat, doing more like a shuffle, for example, with The Faces be something like Three Button Hand Me Down or a song of that style, one trick that Ron does is he’s really good a stretching his fingers. If he’s playing a shuffle off an E chord for example … He’ll sneak his ring finger across the major shape, kind of throw that in at times like … And also notice, if you notice how percussive he plays. He’s really up and down with the pressure on the chord and that’s all feel, that’s just the great feel that he had. Another concept I’ve taken from Ron Wood is the way he breaks chords up and moves with these cool half steps. So again, if I stay on a B chord but maybe move it here, Ron, he must have long fingers because he does these amazing … These amazing stretch things that you can do here, but if I’m more off like a B here with my first finger, this allows me to do these kind of rhythms. And there’s that half step that you hear I’m
doing a lot of in this song And that works great too if you’re playing, you know, perhaps you’re playing with another guitar player and he’s down in this position … You can complement that by being up … So I’m basically playing off that B chord. I’m doing this little half step fourths from the seven down to the six, grabbing the two middle strings. And again, more half steps. It’s all about the half steps with Ron. I’m on the fifth fret to the sixth fret on a A string single note back to the chord. And I’m just improvising a rhythm here but trying to grab that essence of what Ron might do. So those are couple concepts that I’ve taken from Ron Woods’ rhythm playing and I incorporated them into my own playing. Works great for rock and roll and blues. Cool little tricks. If you’d like to see some more future videos on Ron Wood, let us know because like I said earlier, Ron Wood, he’s a great slide player. He’s a great lead player, multi-instrumentalist. We haven’t even really, we’re just getting started with the rhythm aspect of it, so I’d love to do more videos on Ron Wood if you guys are interested. But until next time …

100 Comments

  • Reply bluesborn September 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Very cool! I've always considered the Faces to be one of the greatest rock bands EVER and Woody's playing an integral part of that legendary sound. By the way the half step slide you demonstrated can also be done as a double stop bend.

  • Reply Ben Miller September 6, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Dude you're an awesome guitar teacher

  • Reply Larry Guilfoyle September 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Faces legend

  • Reply palacerevolution2000 September 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Yeah Ron is a superb rhythm player. His fingers are indeed very long and slender. The sound in the Faces, on the low string rhythm, thre slide is ;egendary. The pity about his whole playing is that once he joined the Stones he somehow got swallowed up by Keith. He was so different when he was top dog in the Faces. On the 75/76 tour with Stones he was still in full Faces mode on Zemaitis guitars; just on fire. In 78 maybe even better – that was the best Keith/Ron tour. He changed his guitar tone radically; to this thin Strat sound. Then in his alcohol years in 97, 99 they mixed him so low on stage, he was practically non existant. But he has come back very strong, and nowadays pretty much is the main guitar.

  • Reply Chris Drummond September 17, 2018 at 3:28 am

    What do you think of Keith's playing style?

  • Reply Scubadoda September 19, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    It’s a real shame that the zemitus guitar sound with the ampeg sound of the faces never transcended into the Stones . Ron wood had a unique metronomic style like a drummer when playing Keith Richards was jealous of Mick Taylor that’s why he left was allowed to spread his wings especially in the studio and he was equally as jealous of Ron wood who carried the entire faces with one guitar he was a rhythmic lick crunch machine he was amazing basically the Rolling Stones should’ve just gotten rid of Keith and had Ron wood as the guitar player he would’ve worked well with Charlie with that rhythmic metronomic style and that dirty gritty sound he traded it in for that thin weak tinny Strat it had no balls to do it for the stones I’ve seen early videos were Keith looks over at him like he’s going to murder him if he plays another good note now it’s easy to figure out why Ron wood became a alcoholic and a drug attic to numb himself from the soul selling soul sucking deal he made to be in The Rolling Stones.If anybody ever had the chance to see him when he was with the faces it was a sight to behold in a sound for the years it was awesome he was a boogie-woogie guitar player with search marks if anybody ever had the chance to see him when he was with the faces it was a sight to behold and a sound for the ears it was awesome he was a boogie-woogie guitar player with such moxie

  • Reply Scubadoda September 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    This guys an awesome guitar player whoever is giving this little lesson he gets it he understands it he knows exactly the Ronwood style this was my influence especially after seeing him play with the faces as a kid growing up I love that rhythmic metronomic crunch

  • Reply William Volz September 20, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Please give a Ron Wood slide lesson. I think I hear both standard tuning and open G.

  • Reply heretic 3000 September 25, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Ron ! Ron! Ron!ron!

  • Reply Frankie Butler October 1, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Thank you for recognizing the multi-faceted player that is Ronnie Wood. In addition to being able to play many instruments well, he is, IMO, a wonderful artist. Check out his site, www.ronniewood.com. You will be amazed and wonder how one person could be given so much talent in so many different genres of art. GO RONNIE!!!

  • Reply maltloaf legrande October 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    He also plays pedal steel. Pretty well too.

  • Reply Viejotrueno October 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Ron Wood plays bass guitar also and he plays it great, listen to 'Truth' the 1st Jeff Beck album

  • Reply Mariano Invernizzi October 9, 2018 at 1:14 am

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  • Reply Nick Bishop October 9, 2018 at 2:40 am

    More pleaseeeeee!!!!!!!

  • Reply Mark Lewis October 30, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Please, more Ronnie videos…?

  • Reply GeorgeElliasVideos October 31, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    More Ron vids

  • Reply caleb cooper November 14, 2018 at 3:20 am

    When do we get a Ron Wood slide video?

  • Reply Harri Aaltonen November 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    More Ronnie, please.

  • Reply jon brighton November 23, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Absolutely more Ron wood..

  • Reply owen thatcher November 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Is there a way to find all the videos just by this guy on reverb? All the videos he does are great and is like to know if I can find them all in one spot instead of scrolling through tons of reverb videos. Thanks.

  • Reply bonkey dollocks December 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Ronnie is the king

  • Reply DANJULLMANN44 December 5, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Do more Ron Wood please !!!

  • Reply Bluce Blickner December 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    His hangnail is annoying.

  • Reply Skonny Hewson December 6, 2018 at 5:36 am

    For me he’s so over rated and so lucky to get the gig with the Stones ! Their gigs are more like jam sessions now, and they’re living on past glories. Most guitarists I know could step into his shoes. It’s not hard what he does, you gotta admit that guys.

  • Reply John Gore December 12, 2018 at 12:55 am

    At 6min. It sounds like ‘midnight rambler/can’t you hear me knockin morph

  • Reply rory flowers December 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Excellent breakdown of Rons playing ,moore please.

  • Reply yours truly January 3, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Yeah man that is good stuff. I'm definitely getting some of that into my playing. Yeah I would love to see more Ron Wood style lessons. Good stuff! Jeff I thank you!

  • Reply The Toilet Inspector January 11, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Watching this gave me Wood.

  • Reply Richard Richards January 11, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Great insight to the great Ron Wood, could you make a video on how he plays I would rather go blind .

  • Reply miked765 January 15, 2019 at 3:59 am

    this is worthy!!

  • Reply C.J. Rogers January 15, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Fantastic! I'm no expert, a mere plonker at best, but an aficionado of those who can play nonetheless. You made it easy to hear and see Mr. Wood's techniques in your playing. More, please!

  • Reply jack flash January 15, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Favorite Ron Wood guitar riff "Stay with me" by the Faces. One of the best guitar intro's.

  • Reply Man Jay January 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Check out the first out Jeff Beck Group LPs. I think Woody is even better on bass than guitar.

  • Reply Eddie Curran January 20, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Not sure I've seen another Ron Wood/Faces lesson. That was so cool. He gained more fame with the stones but the sounds you made on this lesson, you haven't heard them from him as a Stone. I'm going to spend a lot of time on this lesson. I even think Ron Wood would love it since it's so appreciative of what he did for Faces

  • Reply Steve Mosedale January 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Hey Jeff that lesson was awesome & I just love that rock rhythm thing & in late 60’s Humble Pie Natural Born Bugie got me hooked on the groove & just love that Ron/ Keef rhythm thing ❗️Gets me every time 😎 No fancy shredded fret wanks for me just give me this groove 👏🏻 Excellent 👍🏻

  • Reply Joe Bish January 28, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Great wig, very average guitarist.

  • Reply Gary Dawson January 31, 2019 at 5:01 am

    love your Ron Wood style, Please do more

  • Reply Kent John January 31, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Man you have a great touch on those buckers

  • Reply Thomas Price February 6, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    For sure 1 of the best guitarist of the 70s..80s…90s…and uh….lol..

  • Reply peter howitt February 7, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Yes more Ron Wood. 🎸

  • Reply heel3k February 7, 2019 at 6:08 am

    if Ron played in open E would these riffs work with less stretching? maybe he got good at pentatonic licks in open E?

  • Reply bobbonine February 15, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Jeff Beck Group

  • Reply Brian Mclaughlin February 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    He fits Keith live a glove.

  • Reply Brian Mclaughlin February 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Like a glove.

  • Reply gianni nisim March 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Great great video
    Thank you so much

  • Reply GCF March 6, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Great lesson.. This is cools as shit. Thanks.

  • Reply Derry Orr March 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Would love more stuff on Ron Wood. Dude is a great player and a big influence on me.

  • Reply James Russo March 10, 2019 at 12:14 am

    More would be great,the lost art of rhythm guitar..WOODY

  • Reply Bob Wright March 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Brilliant lesson and guitar technique

  • Reply peter stanczyk April 8, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    please, please do more Ronnie Wood stuff, especially his guitar tone

  • Reply Joe Herman April 27, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Niiice!

  • Reply paul chun May 14, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Cool ,keep the Ron Wood coming.

  • Reply JAIJAI0 May 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    If you haven't already do yourself a favour and listen to Wood's guitar & solo on the version of 'take a look at the guy' on Izzy Stradlins Ju Ju Hounds album (& stay for the whole album too!!). So much soul..

  • Reply Leonardo Reação informática ltda May 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Open G ?

  • Reply Mark C June 2, 2019 at 11:58 am

    …VERY good observation of Mr Wood …. Ron's the glue within the Stones….great video…thx

  • Reply Tom Mulroy III June 3, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Hey Jeff!

  • Reply Luisito6119 June 7, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I think he's one of the most over rated guitar player

  • Reply Ben Hayes June 8, 2019 at 2:46 am

    More!!!

  • Reply Troy Frost June 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Yes Reve. Please do some more Ronnie Wood 👍🎸🤟 . Thanks TroyFrost / Troyster 😎 CoolRiffs 😎 Cool 🎸 🤘🤘 🤘

  • Reply danny stacy June 10, 2019 at 12:37 am

    steepwater band baby !!!

  • Reply ren hoek June 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    great video, thanks so much

  • Reply chilledmonkeebrains June 11, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Ronnie played (in my opinion) his finest recorded guitar solo on a little known (but great😎) stones song call "worried about you"…its on Tattoo you" ….he also played bass for the early Jeff Beck Group

  • Reply Kearon O'Brien June 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I heard Bonjovi Bad medicine at the Ron Rythem playing.
    No lm only kidding.
    Thank you for very nice lesson on Guitar.
    Ausome Sound there sir.
    You play very well.

  • Reply mozilla June 12, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Great stuff. I love Ron Woods playing. Please make more vids on Ron's playing.

  • Reply Kriston Terbutt June 13, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Awesomethanks for showing us some of his earlier faces riffs and yes, more Ronnie please.

  • Reply Gary Book June 17, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Love the focus on Ron Woods, he has a great style, especially through the stuff he did with Faces. A Wink is as good as a Nod to a blind horse is a great Album.

  • Reply jacko717 June 17, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    This Jeff guy has gotta be one of the best guitarists on YT🤘🏻

  • Reply Paul Michael Mason June 20, 2019 at 6:26 am

    More on Ronnie please (Hey Negrita?) and please cover Mick Taylor too.

  • Reply M Law June 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Ronnie

  • Reply Chuc konn June 23, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Well done. More on Ron.

  • Reply SeaSharp June 27, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Any more videos on Ron Wood?  Excellent lesson .

  • Reply Teachering June 30, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Not easy to learn. It's difficult.

  • Reply varmint tank June 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I love playing guitar

  • Reply Sir Bob July 1, 2019 at 9:32 am

    IMHO the stones didn't need another rhythm guitarist, they needed another Mick Taylor. Wood doesn't even play the solos that Taylor wrote.

  • Reply Frank Tarant July 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

    More, please.

  • Reply Ilmari Lepistö July 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    The sound is spot on! What amp is used here?

  • Reply Jasper102211 July 3, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I never realized how much my playing has been influenced by Ron Wood. Always thought I was channeling Keith more than anyone (from the Stones, at least).

  • Reply d d July 10, 2019 at 2:48 am

    This is such a well laid out deconstruction of Ronnie Woods sound. You break it down so perfectly that it starts to look real simple and unremarkable.
    But then reality sets in.
    Simple? Not so much….

  • Reply speedfreakjive88 July 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Anyone know what pedal(s) are giving him this awesome tone?

  • Reply anthony scully July 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    does he use standard tunning

  • Reply FlamQ Dbltap July 14, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Really nailed the Ron Wood Style. Would love to know what amp and pedals he was using that day. 👍🏻

  • Reply zeckham100 July 18, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    No one gives a shit what an old tosser plays on his guitar

  • Reply Rock Strong July 23, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Gimme Some Neck

    you're welcome

  • Reply todd b July 27, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Check out his work on the Birds How Can it Be? Hair raising!

  • Reply good w hunting July 29, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Ronnie Wood: Hot Stuff/Hey Negrita, would be cool!

  • Reply Asier Goyaz Aguirre July 31, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Thais si awesome! Thanks

  • Reply Brian Dillon August 1, 2019 at 5:09 am

    He’s a great bass player too. Please do some more Ronwood!!
    Maybe do rhythm part of an actual song Great job. Great idea for a segment

  • Reply kammhron August 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Love your tone. Ty.

  • Reply RLS personal August 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    more ron woods! thanks

  • Reply Scubadoda August 13, 2019 at 1:02 am

    He basically just played the guitar as a second drum to Kenny Jones, Keith Richards completely stifled his playing as he was jealous and never let Ron blossom in the stones hence his unhappiness and addictions to drugs and alcohol . Never got close to the glory days of the faces I saw him a year before he joined the stones with the faces and he was a different guitar player amazing!

  • Reply James Lanier August 22, 2019 at 5:51 am

    It all sounds like "Can you hear me knocking"…. Love it

  • Reply dogguitarbluesman August 24, 2019 at 12:38 am

    No tonly his long fingers it's a lot of open tuning as well …Thanks, vastly under rated guitar player

  • Reply cody mangum September 4, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Can we do one of these on Chris Stapleton? Or mike Campbell? I like how both are more song focused than they are “complicated” playing

  • Reply Peyote Pete September 11, 2019 at 3:54 am

    So underrated

  • Reply miked765 September 21, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Worthy!

  • Reply Burak Mutlu September 22, 2019 at 5:04 am

    what kind of pedal you used for this sound,great.

  • Reply Greg Hickey September 25, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Great playing and tone.

  • Reply James Russo September 27, 2019 at 9:25 am

    More Woody !

  • Reply Eli Webster September 30, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Would love a lesson on Ron's power slide technique! Probably my favorite slide player of all time.

  • Reply Guy Cappello October 5, 2019 at 11:53 am

    What's your rig rundown there man?

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