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Posted on Jun 19, 2013 4:43:47 PM PDT
Yup, Living Colour were riff-masters all the way!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2013 12:19:09 PM PDT
zlh67 says:
Cult of Personality - Living Colour

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 8:48:47 AM PDT
Walk This Way: Aerosmith
Rocky Mountain Way: Joe Walsh
The Boys Are Back In Town: Thin Lizzy
Hair Of The Dog: Nazareth
Jessica: The Allman Brothers Band

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 9:27:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2013 7:19:56 AM PDT
Grab your copy of: "Machine Head" the 1971 gem from Deep Purple and start with: "Highway Star" and listen and absorb everything played through til the end of: "Space Truckin" and now you have heard all of the best riffs ever used on any rock record.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 7:59:23 AM PST
stevign says:
Sorry, I don't know who or what that is.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 6:13:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2013 6:14:36 AM PST
vivazappa says:
So long as the chipped dead body didn't have a top hat on it!
I'd perfer a shredded scarf ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 7:45:57 PM PST
Alot of Killing Joke's Geordie Walker's music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 3:19:56 PM PST
stevign says:
"Axl vs Slash?"

Sounds like a debate between two guys, a dead body and standing in front of a wood chipper.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:52:24 PM PST
vivazappa says:
Best RIFT: Axl vs Slash!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 1:14:53 PM PST
stevign says:
Yeh, as a guitarist I know what a "Riff" is, I just don't think most non-musicians do.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 1:09:18 PM PST
D. Mok says:
Same thing. A riff is just one way to start a song. If a song starts with a bass guitar, or electric guitar, or keyboards, droning on one note or chord is not a "riff".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 12:59:58 PM PST
Sorry my post wasn't clear - I meant start writing a song.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 12:24:43 PM PST
D. Mok says:
> If you want to hear my personal opinion I think most rock songs start with a riff and a song line and then the rest is added later. I am guessing only very few song-writers would
> start with a solo.

Solo vocals/instrumentals and riffs are not the only two ways to start a song. You can start with a one-note bassline (Roger McGuinn's "King of the Hill"), chords (Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn"), layered vocals (Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"), or a non-repetitive instrumental (Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven").

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 9:13:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 9:25:28 AM PST
To be exact here is the wiki:

>>In various popular music styles, riff refers to a brief, relaxed phrase repeated over changing melodies. It may serve as a refrain or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instruments that form the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition.[16] Though they are most often found in rock music, Latin, funk and jazz, classical music is also sometimes based on a simple riff, such as Ravel's Boléro. Riffs can be as simple as a tenor saxophone honking a simple, catchy rhythmic figure, or as complex as the riff-based variations in the head arrangements played by the Count Basie Orchestra. <<

The wiki also speaks of riff driven music - which I hoped was what people would post about :
>>The term 'riff driven' describes a piece of music that relies on a repeated instrumental riff as the basis of its most prominent melody, cadence, or (in some cases) leitmotif. Riff-driven songs are largely a product of jazz, blues, and post-blues era music (rock and pop).[23] The musical goal of riff-driven songs is akin to the classical continuo effect, but raised to much higher importance (in fact, the repeated riff is used to anchor the song in the ears of the listener). The riff/continuo is brought to the forefront of the musical piece and often is the primary melody that remains in the listener's ears. A call and response often holds the song together, creating a "circular" rather than linear feel.<<

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riff#Riff

If you want to hear my personal opinion I think most rock songs start with a riff and a song line and then the rest is added later. I am guessing only very few song-writers would start with a solo.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 8:31:19 AM PST
stevign says:
That's what I kinda figured.......until I saw people who were obviously posting full solos from musicians. Hey, I ain't complainin', if I ever stuck to a subject on one of these threads the people who know me would either throw me a parade or have a cardiac arrest and die right here on Amazon's floor.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 7:42:11 AM PST
I meant riffs when I started the thread.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 7:39:44 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Riffs I think...which reminds me of an oldie but a goodie...Riff Raff-AC/DC

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 7:36:28 AM PST
stevign says:
Are we talking about riffs or solos here?

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 7:26:25 AM PST
TC says:
Rebel Rebel - Bowie

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 3:47:38 AM PST
Troggs : Wild Thing

Kinks : You Really Got Me

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 12:56:03 AM PST
Right on Dr. Mikey. Totally a great riff...

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 10:56:41 PM PST
Dr. Mikey says:
Not exactly a riff, but Keith's guitar into to "Angie" is mucho tasty.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 10:33:57 PM PST
The Bomber - James Gang

Mountain Song - Janes Addiction

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Daytripper - Beatles

Dig It Up - Hoodoo Gurus

Sweet Home Alabama - Skynyrd

I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group

Lilly White Lillith - Genesis

Bored - Death Angel

Searching With My Good Eye Closed - Soundgarden

Lover - The Troggs

Victim Of Changes - Priest!

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 12:12:13 PM PST
Dr. Mikey says:
Happy Together -- The Turtles
Message in a Bottle -- The Police
Sunshine of Your Love -- Cream
Sultans of Swing -- Dire Straits
Hot Rod Lincoln -- Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 11:53:15 AM PST
Oz A. says:
Anything from the late greats Randy Rhoads ,Dimebag, and Mike Scaccia.
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