Riff writing masterclass

Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:59pm
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GUITARS AND AMPS EXPO 2014: From The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to Pantera's Walk, the best guitar riffs are monstrous in their ability to captivate us. Many of the best riffs are compelling rhythmically and basic melodically.

Satisfaction features just three notes, while Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song has two (one, if you discount the octave), yet these brutal riffs connect to our inner caveman like Neolithic drumbeats; our pulse quickens, our heads bob along involuntarily. If a riff literally moves you, you know you've got a great one on your hands.

In this feature, a collection of hugely successful riff writers pay tribute to the power of the riff, talk about some of their own creations, and ponder the answer to that big question, 'What makes a great riff?'

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