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Breezin' - George Benson


yes that a good jazz choice. Nice notes coming off that L5 with the latin upbeat and

he is one of the few that mastered Wes Montgomery's technique of thumbing the octaves.

..and don't forget "On Broadway" by him too. The opening riff forms the

rythmn for for the song..which he sings the notes in unison with his L5.

Of course going back a few years, Wes Montgomery did quite a few riffs

on his earlier albums..


and in the rock genre.."The Grange" by ZZTOP..it really cooks.


"regrets, I've had a few..but not enough (riffs) to mention.."


Wish my EPi Broadway could play those as easily.

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Day Tripper, The Beatles

I Feel Fine, The Beatles

Eight Miles High, Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds

Over Under Sideways Down, Yardbirds

House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, The Animals

Sunshine of Your Love, and Crossroads...Cream,

One Way Out, Allman Brothers

Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdow, Led Zeppelin

Long Train Runnin', The Doobie Brothers

And, of course, countless "Blues" riffs that everone

has stolen from! LOL!


Gosh, there's just so many, really cool opening, or signature "riffs!"

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In no particular order...


Kashmir - Zeppelin

Day Tripper - The Beatles

Snortin'Whiskey - Pat Travers

Siberian Khatru - Yes

Breezin' - George Benson



We musta gone to different schools together!

Shoot, now I gotta pick different stuff.


Every time I pick up an acoustic guitar that is not mine I automatically play "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Zepplin.

It is one of my favorite LZ songs and is a really good pick for testing action (pulloffs) and intonation (drone strings with chords on the upper frets)

On Electric my favorite riff is "Snortin' Whiskey" by Pat Travers followed closely "Wall of Denial" by Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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Last Train to Clarksville - the monkees

Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey - the beatles

Money (that's what I want) - beatles / plastic ono band (much heavier and sludgier, could it be the drugs had changed from speed to heroin?)

Pleasant Valley Sunday - The monkees

driver 8 - r.e.m.

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Complete Control by the Clash. Introduced me to that 'perfect' Gibson/Marshall tone back when i was like 13.


1. The riff that's in "Roll And Tumble Blues" by Hambone Willie Newbern..."If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day" by Robert Johnson", Rollin' Blues" by John Lee Hooker and "Rollin' And Tumblin' by Muddy Waters and Elmore James and also the various later incarnations by Clapton, Beck and Dylan...which of course Dylan claimed authorship of.


2. "Cliffs Of Dover"- Eric "Everyready" Johnson


3. "Freeway Jam" ("'Cause We've Ended As Lovers" is a close second)- Jeff Beck


4. "And Your Bird Can Sing"- The Beatles (George and Paul to be precise)


5." Beat It"- I am not a fan of Jacko or the ex-Mr. Bertinelli but that was a nice riff.


...and Al's your uncle.

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