What was the first riff you remember that you learned to play?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by DrDiederick, Jun 4, 2021.

What was the first riff you remember that you played?

  1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

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  2. Hey Joe! - Jimi Hendrix

    2.5%
  3. Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

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  4. Please name something else

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  1. BlazberryStrat

    BlazberryStrat New Member!

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    Not a 'riff', but the first song I ever learned was "I'll Meet You Halfway" - David Cassidy - The Partridge Family :)
     
  2. Dumpster Chicken

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    My older brother taught me Tin Roof blues, in 1965. He quit guitar and never picked it up again, but I've been playing ever since.
     
  3. Andrew Wasson

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    I learned roundabout well after my first riff based song. Blew one of my buddies minds when I pulled that out of my bag of tricks. He was a struggling guitarist as well. I had already figured out Stairway to Heaven by then.

    It was quite some time after that that I tackled Spirit of Radio. When I figured out Fly By Night, Limelight and finally Spirit of Radio, I figured I had accomplished something. I learned a bunch of Freewill too but never mastered it. I think I need to hit the woodshed. I'm a pretty big fan of Rush.
     
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    Simple man
     
  5. IanW

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    Locomotive Breath. Jethro Tull.
     
  6. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    How could I forget Roundabout? It wasn’t the first but it was an early lick as I learned how to play harmonics. Of course I never made it past the intro. :D
     
  7. WhiteWabbit

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    Iron Nation Army on the Water
     
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    Black Sabbath - Paranoid, of course... ;)

    (back in '89)
     
  9. systolsys

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    Smoke on the water was up there. Roadhouse blues.

    But the first riff that I played that actually felt like I might be able do something with the guitar was this one:

     
  10. Stevn

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    “I love that dirty water, Oh Boston, you’re my home!”
     
  11. Stevn

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    That’s a tough riff for a beginner! Good work Bro!
     
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    Theme song to Beverly Hillbillies..... and at the same time the vocals to White Rabbit, I had the real sheet music first one I bought.
     
  13. Doc538

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    Yup, wasn't my first but I did learn it and I have swam/swum ? in the Charles River! now it is clean !:thumb: before you could walk on it :( and rowers from the local colleges were petrified of falling in:eek:, even just getting wet and that was at its cleanest spot near the locks.
     
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  14. Doc538

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    She makes me feel alright! and her name is .....
     
  15. Doc538

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    First hardest one in a band "Ina garda da vida" Long Version. There might have been some illegal substances in the basement, also we were on a dirt floor, stay away from the mikes while playing when damp. amps only had duel prong plugs....ZAPP
     
  16. Howdot

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    Byrds: My Back Pages I spent days listening to it over and over again on my record player (yes record player) Still have the LP but I know I wore out the needle.
     
  17. Doc538

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    So my apologies for most of this I have been mentioning ? Entire songs and not just the riffs, a little off subject but my first real just riff, later whole song was "Last Kiss" "where oh where can my baby be" ahh i was such a sweet child for a year or two. Still play it today. Funny I can't remember what I had for supper but I can remember this song completely.
     
  18. EC Strat

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    The first time ones for me were Dust in the Wind, Proud Mary, and Wild Thing LOLOL
     
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    STILL TRYING TO LEARN RIFFS. BUT THE SONG THAT MADE ME LEARN HOW TO PLAY... HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN BY ERIC BURTON AND THE ANIMALS.GRANDPA GAVE ME A GUITAR THAT HE MADE BEFORE I WAS BORN, I THINK. THAT WAS IN 64. STILL PLAYING AND LOVE THAT SONG.