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    Your Favourite Riffs!

    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:



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



    Cool riff from Iron Maiden:



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



    Lets see some of your favourites...
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    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.




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


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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    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.




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

    Love the riff on the Slayer tune!
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    Here are two of mine. Two of way too many!





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    This was a cool riff!



    And still is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikegarveyblues View Post
    Love the riff on the Slayer tune!
    I Loved Maiden!!!!

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    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.

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    UFO's Rock Bottom gets me rockin' every time...


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    Oh, Yeah! I Love UFO!



    Goldtop Lloyd, QoC
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    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:



    Simple but soo good with heavy interspersed with melodic:



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



    Can't' leave out this one:





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

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    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.

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    I love Joe's 'cover' of just got paid.


    And the first riff in this, so simple, but oh so brutal!
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    Timeless from AC/DC.



    Goldtop Lloyd
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    Seemed an unusually heavy version of Rosie. Am I going crazy? My head's stuck on the Rock Band ad version.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by prsrocker1988 View Post
    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



    Speaking of Stoke boys...

    Ace Of Spades - Motorhead

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    I am obsessed with one riff songs, this was one of my favorites.


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    AMEN!

    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    One of the ultimate Slayer riffs ever. Still ingrained in the muscle memory of my fingertips since I was a High-schooler.

    One Life

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    Couple of cool bass riffs:

    Money - Pink Floyd



    Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (3:20)

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