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

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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

    0.8%
  4. Please name something else

    72.5%
  1. Deafsoundguy

    Deafsoundguy CERTIFIED HACK Silver Member

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    Second “House of the Rising Sun” for me. Surprised not more guys for that one.
     
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    jamesmgregory Strat-Talker

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    Over The Hills And Far Away, the acoustic intro.
    Still play that every time I pick up a guitar too.
     
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  3. Boneman68

    Boneman68 Strat-Talk Member

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    I recall the first thing I learned to play was Yesterday by the Beatles
     
  4. Old Guy

    Old Guy Strat-Talker

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    The first riff I learned was "Young Love" by Sonny James. That turned out to be very useful for a lot of songs, but the most useful thing I learned was when I was in a hospital at R.A.F. Burderop and a medical tech showed me a 12 bar blues with inside 7th, 9th and 13th chords that I use to this day. I play "young Love" sometimes too. God, I love being old.
     
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  5. BlurgyWurgyWibble

    BlurgyWurgyWibble Strat-O-Master

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    Probably Paranoid.
    The first one I vividly remember was Sweet Child O Mine.
     
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    BuddhaFingas Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Wipe Out, Surfaris version
     
  7. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Just riffs and no rest of the song before I learned anything about the guitar?
    Satisfaction (Stones)
    Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
    Peter Gunn (...sort of)

    The first songs I actually learned were (I think in this order):
    Norwegian Wood (Beatles)
    And I love Her (Beatles)
    49th Street Bridge Song (Simon/Garfunkel)
    Satisfaction (Stones)
    Show Me The Way (Peter Frampton)
    Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh)
    Get Back (Beatles)

    I bought lots of books on how to play xxx hit songs or platinum songs, or Beatles songs, YES songs, etc... which did not help.

    First Song I jammed in a basement band
    Taking Care Of Business (BTO)
     
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    WelhavenT Strat-O-Master

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    First couple of days I tried to record myself playing Venom - Manitou using a pair of headphones as mics, one side for «singing» and one side in front of the amp. Hadn’t figured out power chords yet, so I just used one finger like a capo.

    This is 88/89...
     
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  9. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    Submission - Sex Pistols.
     
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  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Probably Shakin' All Over, or Rebel Rouser.
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Wishing Well-Free

     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    At least, that was the first one I played right!!!!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Oh my, I thought I was the only one.
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    I was absolutely mesmerised by the squeals and screams Paul Kossoff got from his guitar! I still am and I still can't replicate them!
     
  15. DrDiederick

    DrDiederick Strat-Talker

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    Class A Drugs???...... naahhhh must be something else :confused:

    BW
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    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I think it was the synth riff from The Final Countdown, closely followed by Smoke On The Water and Iron Man.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Hair of the Dog by Nazareth.

    Remarkably similar to Day tripper,

    But,

    ' now you're messing with a SoB! '
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    The bass riff from ‘Fire’ by the Pointer Sisters… :(
     
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    RubberTrampRay New Member!

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    My first song was La Grange, ZZ Top. I was about 11 and it sounded like nothing I'd heard before.
     
  20. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    I started on a acoustic with nothing but YouTube.
    So I learned chords &songs, not riffs
    First song,
    Marshall Tucker ..Can't you see
    Getting my granddaughter started I went with
    For what it's worth by CSN
    Then got her into lessons.
    Unfortunately her Squier mini gets played more by me right now....
    Give it time... we'll see