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Mikegarveyblues
01-23-2013, 02:25 AM
n.
1. Music A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.

riff [rɪf] Music
n
(Music) (Music / Pop Music) (in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
vb
(Music) (Music / Pop Music) (intr) to play or perform riffs in jazz or rock music
[probably altered and shortened from refrain]

Ahhh... The old Riff! Be it the classic intro to 'Smoke On The Water', The Fuzz tones of 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' or Slash's single note exercise that became 'Sweet Child 'O Mine'. Everybody loves a riff.

So... Which are yours?

Always loved the Les Paul and cocked wah sound on Money For Nothing:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTP2RUD_cL0

Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses was choc full of great riffs:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tjKe3nPpL4

Cool riff from Iron Maiden:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTaD9cd8hvw

Here's a seriously cool riff from a very short lived UK band:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVzUFNWIYM0

Lets see some of your favourites...

sergiodeblanc
01-23-2013, 03:06 AM
I know I don't come off as much of a "rocker" but in my past life I loved heavy riffs!

This is a Hare Krishna band called 108. The subject matter is intense if you can make it past the singing. Crazy heavy riff based on the Black Sabbath Flat Five.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TB6LnltciU


One of the ultimate Slayer riffs ever. Still ingrained in the muscle memory of my fingertips since I was a High-schooler.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7rpoZE8X8Y

Mikegarveyblues
01-23-2013, 01:58 PM
I know I don't come off as much of a "rocker" but in my past life I loved heavy riffs!

This is a Hare Krishna band called 108. The subject matter is intense if you can make it past the singing. Crazy heavy riff based on the Black Sabbath Flat Five.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TB6LnltciU


One of the ultimate Slayer riffs ever. Still ingrained in the muscle memory of my fingertips since I was a High-schooler.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7rpoZE8X8Y

Love the riff on the Slayer tune!

Goldtop
01-23-2013, 02:23 PM
Here are two of mine. Two of way too many!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg_Nw20GG0E


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5_oPyavUaw

Goldtop Lloyd

Mikegarveyblues
01-23-2013, 02:34 PM
This was a cool riff!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpkCyqAaOns

And still is! :)

sergiodeblanc
01-23-2013, 03:46 PM
Love the riff on the Slayer tune!

I Loved Maiden!!!!

John
01-24-2013, 05:10 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiwzdGjskwc

I'm going a bit on the far end with this one- one of my favorite riffs is the opening of the Periphery tune called Zyglrox.

Poffypoffa
01-26-2013, 02:14 AM
UFO's Rock Bottom gets me rockin' every time...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpUsULr_uLw&sns=em

Goldtop
01-26-2013, 04:05 AM
Oh, Yeah! I Love UFO!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICJ3aRN4-o

Goldtop Lloyd, QoC

Herr Squid
01-26-2013, 02:36 PM
Riffs? Sooo many to love!

Some of these are a bit off the beaten path but OTOH they're not old and tired... Listen loud, kids!

I cannot comprehend how he plays this bass part and does the vocal (can't call it singing!) at the same time:


http://youtu.be/Gfo-2qUOzeE

Simple but soo good with heavy interspersed with melodic:


http://youtu.be/WE_tMWD1QFo

Riff school (it's in open E tuning if you want to play along)!


http://youtu.be/ZcFGrWjOX0E

Can't' leave out this one:


http://youtu.be/t7zk4as9kzA



Soo heavy, precise, and wicked (and it grooves!):

https://soundcloud.com/nuclearblastrecords/meshuggah-do-not-look-down

Poffypoffa
01-26-2013, 11:38 PM
I cannot comprehend how he plays this bass part and does the vocal (can't call it singing!) at the same time:

It's because he's an absolute beast. :)

Harw00d
01-27-2013, 09:01 AM
I love Joe's 'cover' of just got paid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8rfPR2og0

And the first riff in this, so simple, but oh so brutal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn2A_dXoIAA

Goldtop
01-27-2013, 09:19 PM
Timeless from AC/DC.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8fZeaUHsjw

Goldtop Lloyd

Poffypoffa
01-28-2013, 08:47 PM
Seemed an unusually heavy version of Rosie. Am I going crazy? My head's stuck on the Rock Band ad version.

prsrocker1988
01-30-2013, 08:34 PM
It's much harder for me to pick than my favorite solos. I'm a riff guy through and through.

1. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
2. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
3. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
4. Hells Bells - AC/DC
5. Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
7. Nighttrain - Guns N' Roses
8. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
9. Crazy On You - Heart
10. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones

Mikegarveyblues
01-30-2013, 08:43 PM
It's much harder for me to pick than my favorite solos. I'm a riff guy through and through.

1. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
2. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
3. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
4. Hells Bells - AC/DC
5. Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
7. Nighttrain - Guns N' Roses
8. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
9. Crazy On You - Heart
10. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones

Nice list!

You just reminded me of one after I washed Slash Made In Stoke last night...

Velvet revolver - Slither


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ologKH6AQ3s

Speaking of Stoke boys...

Ace Of Spades - Motorhead


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iwC2QljLn4

sergiodeblanc
01-30-2013, 11:38 PM
I am obsessed with one riff songs, this was one of my favorites.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-UrNYzASBg

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-31-2013, 12:33 AM
AMEN!


One of the ultimate Slayer riffs ever. Still ingrained in the muscle memory of my fingertips since I was a High-schooler.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7rpoZE8X8Y

Mikegarveyblues
02-02-2013, 01:52 AM
Couple of cool bass riffs:

Money - Pink Floyd


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwU8QeW4ofU

Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (3:20)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1iuSmZHcwY