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I would start by determining what scale your riff is based on. You can do this by writing down (or making a mental note of) the notes that are used in the riff to see what key or scale those notes belong to. Once you know what scale your riff is based on, you can probably narrow down your chord choices to the chords that are commonly used with the key ...


Generally speaking, a riff will start with the root note of the key/chord. From establishing that, it's straightforward to find the other chords to fit that family - loads of questions here have answers to that part.


Example: Lets take a riff. For example: D------------------------------------------5--7~ A---7--8--7---7---7---7--8--7--5--7--------- E-5---------8---7---5-------------------------- The notes are: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Lets search those notes in a scale identifier, such as The possible scales are C major ...


The simplest way would be to simply use chords with the notes of the scale you are using. This will ensure that the chords have a natural sounding togetherness. Seeing as everyone is playing the notes of the same scale it would be a natural fit. You could also try and change the scale with the chords but that is a bit more tricky. So for instance if you ...

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