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Greatest guitar riffs

27 Aug 2014 10:45AM

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 lookingSad but then again I must be the same SadSad

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MalcolmS e2
9 1.1k 13 England
27 Aug 2014 11:05AM
'Layla' must be in there somewhere.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 11:18AM

Quote:'Layla' must be in there somewhere.

Yep - 5th.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
27 Aug 2014 12:03PM
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 Wink

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 Sad

Favourite Billy Joel openings to play are....

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Seen the lights goo out on Broadway
Movin' Out
Summer Highland Falls
My Life
Chris_L e2
1.5k United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 1:14PM

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
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 2:04PM
Our bad Smile
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.
27 Aug 2014 3:09PM

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! Smile
Chris_L e2
1.5k United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 5:17PM
I read that too about the cover versions, previously I'd have said either Yesterday or My Way
Chris_L e2
1.5k United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 6:27PM
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

Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
28 Aug 2014 8:34PM
Mark King of Level 42, I was a really big fan back in the Eighties, does bass count Smile

arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2014 4:25PM
Well if bass is included, and I dont see why it should be, then Lonnie Liston Smith's 'Expansions' hit the mark for me Smile

Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
29 Aug 2014 4:34PM

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 Smile

This is worth a view, they go on about riffs claiming pretty much any instrument can be used, Beethoven used his piano Smile

Bands like Pink Floyd, Stranglers etc had some superb riffs from the use of synthesizers and keyboards.
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2014 5:31PM
Doors too.
Chris_L e2
1.5k United Kingdom
30 Aug 2014 3:46AM
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.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
30 Aug 2014 9:19AM
Hit me with your rhythm stick has an amazing piano riff

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