James Bond Theme Guitar Riff

Andy | April 12, 2017 | 3 Comments

James Bond Theme Guitar Riff.

Monty Norman has been credited with writing the “James Bond Theme”, and has received royalties from it since 1962. For Dr. No, the tune was arranged by John Barry, who went on to compose the soundtracks for eleven James Bond films. The theme tune was originally played by English guitarist, Victor Harold “Vic” Flick. Flick continued to contribute to the James Bond soundtracks from the 1960s through the late 1980s.

What better than to pretend you are the coolest secret service agent on the planet (who can also play guitar) by learning the classic James Bond Theme that is synonymous with all of these films.

Once you have played the opening chord and sultry beginning piece, the main riff will definitely test the accuracy of your picking hand, with all the notes being played on the low E, A, and D strings.

Also, you can experiment with the sound by picking the notes of the main riff near to the bridge so create a more authentic (trebbly) sound when using your acoustic or electric guitar. Something you can deploy when playing other pieces… and all without adding any special effects!

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  1. Andy says:

    Thanks Lou, we’ve now added the appropriate credits to the post.

  2. Lou Ozment says:

    Ok, like everything so far, been playing for over 30 yrs, and I just have 1 beef. I just watched the James Bond lesson and I got to say, ok for a beginner’s lesson to e, however, he never mentioned who actually played that riff, and if you or him know who it is, they need reference who played it if it isn’t a 1 sound band. The man who created that riff has come up with hundreds of other famous riffs. He should get an award before he dies, I mean, really? I watched this man sell his strat and walk away from playing guitar. I wonder why…… The least ANYONE could do is actually give credit where credit is do. And just saying, I can play that with 1 finger and 1 pick, and if I didn’t know how to play, still wouldn’t take longer than a month for a complete newbie to guitar guitar…..Ok, I had to get that out……Hope you can relate, as I would be pissed off if someone was blaming money off of my riff…..

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