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Favorite Hooks and Riffs


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You know, not the lead solo, but that hook that got you into the song in the first place.

A few quick examples:

Keith's riff that opens Brown Sugar.

Pete's' opening riff for Pinball Wizard.

Jimi's Wah Wah riff that opens Voodoo Child.

Roger McGuin's Rickenbacker chiming out Mr Tambourine Man.

The Clash's main chop in Should I Stay Or Should I Go.

Cobain's lick in Come As You Are.

The 'pretty' riff for Radiohead's Creep.

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Off the top of my head and in no specific order:

Rob Zombie's opening riff of "more human than human"

The use of the delay in the droning guitar of "Another brick in the wall" by Pink Floyd

Opening riff of "Roundabout" by Yes

The bassline of John Paul Jones in "Heartbreaker" (Led Zep)

The bassline of Flea in the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give it away"

The bassline by Chris Squire of Yes in "Roundabout"

(Have you figured out I am a bass player yet?)

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Let's see, I'm a child of the 80s, so bear with me. :)

Van Halen's got a ton of em, from Summer Nights, to Panama and Hot For Teacher, and Unchained

Rush: Tom Sawyer, Limelight ... The Marathon bassline

Huey Lewis and The News: I Want a New Drug, Working for a Living

The Police: Message in a Bottle

Metallica: Master of Puppets, Enter Sandman

Queen: We will Rock You (one the guitar actually kicks in)

Just about anything by AC/DC: Shoot to Thrill, Back in Black, Dirty Deeds ... it's pretty much all the same song. :)

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The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzie

B!tch - Rolling Stones

Frankenstein -Edgar Winter Group

Knocking at Your Back Door -Deep Purple

Too Rolling Stoned - Robin Trower

House of Blues - The Gales Brothers (IF you like SRV and Robin Trower - seek out the album Left Hand Brand. You will be SO glad you did)

Over Under Sideways Down -Yardbirds

Intro Riff to Couldn't Stand the Weather

The drum riff to Hypnotized (Bob Welch/Fleetwood Mac)

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Allllllllrighty then. Let's see here.

You Really Got Me Van Halen

China Grove Doobie Brothers

Bad to the Bone George Thorogood

Highway to Hell ACDC

Smoke on the Water Deep Purple

Man in the Box Alice in Chains (if the make a Doom movie,should be on the sound track.)

In the City Joe Walsh (simple, short, effective)

Stranglehold Ted Nugent (one of the, if not the greatest air guitar songs of all time)

Old Time Rock and Roll Live Version Bob Segar

What I like about you Romantics (hey, it was fun)

Down on Me Jackyl

Do You wanna touch Joan Jett

Are ya gonna go my way Lenny Kravits

Wickd Garden Stone Temple Pilots

Lonely is the night Billy Squiere

Domino/ Larger than Life Kiss

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