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Quote: despite him being the piano man!
I also have a fave piano riff but for the life of me I can't remember who played it. It was way back, probably the 80s.
As someone said, a riff is way of pulling you into the music and the repetition can be almost hypnotic. The first riff (guitar) I ever played was the one from 'Smoke on the Water - ' very easy to play if you're a beginner (ie. me). My favourite is still the one from 'Sweet Home Alhabama' which has been played in many movies ('Forest Gump' and 'Despicable Me' to name two)
btw, I didn't recognise Gary Moore in that vid - so old looking but then again I must be the same
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'Layla' must be in there somewhere.
Quote: 'Layla' must be in there somewhere.
Yep - 5th.
Riffs and keyboards are an interesting thing...
If you look at anything by Billy Joel and Elton John, they tend to have a strong piano intro and themes that reappear in the songs - but they don't really contuinue through the song like a guitar riff would.
However, the world of funk is very different - think of Superstition by Stevie Wonder... that riff lasts all the way through, I know, I've played it 1000's of times
Also Green Onions - that's possibly the most distinctive riff on organ ever
I loved playing Green onions.. .we had to drop it to shorten the set though
Favourite Billy Joel openings to play are....
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Seen the lights goo out on Broadway
Summer Highland Falls
Quote: Not quite true -
Smells like... intro/chorus is a 4 chord sequence, whereas all the others are 3 chord sequences.
My bad, when I said "Almost identical riffs are used in Louie Louie, Wild Thing, even Transvision Vamp's Baby I Don't Care" I should have said "to each other" I didn't mean to Teen Spirit which is how it sounded.
In addition to Wild Thing, Louie Louie, Baby I Don't Care that A-D-Em-D progression turns up in Get Offa My Cloud, Hang On Sloopy, Since You've Been Gone, You Really Got Me etc etc
my interpretation also.
You're right though, that 3 chord progression is and has been popular for as long as pop music has been around.
Interestingly, if my sources are correct, Louie Louie is the most covered song in pop history, that is, if non top-40 versions are also considered.
Quote: Louie Louie,
That song always reminds of the late great John Belushi as a drunken slob of a student in the film 'National Lampoons Animal House'. If I remember correctly they play it during the toga party sequence. Hillarious!
I read that too about the cover versions, previously I'd have said either Yesterday or My Way
My faves are Stones' similar riffs in Satisfaction / Jumpin Jack Flash and Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love.
Whole Lotta Love because it reminds me of watching TOTP in the days it followed Tomorrow's World and had loads of fab bands on
Here it is mashed with Helter Skelter
Mark King of Level 42, I was a really big fan back in the Eighties, does bass count
Well if bass is included, and I dont see why it should be, then Lonnie Liston Smith's 'Expansions' hit the mark for me
Quote: Well if bass is included, and I dont see why it should be, then Lonnie Liston Smith's 'Expansions' hit the mark for me
This is worth a view, they go on about riffs claiming pretty much any instrument can be used, Beethoven used his piano
Bands like Pink Floyd, Stranglers etc had some superb riffs from the use of synthesizers and keyboards.
That synth that goes all the way through Van Halen's 'Jump' still sounds great to me, whereas I couldn't listen to Axel F. It's funny how some stuff is timeless (like Expansions which is still playing as I'm writing this) but some stuff dates really quickly.
Hit me with your rhythm stick has an amazing piano riff
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