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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cheap guitar guy, May 10, 2019.
i don't have a favorite nothing, but Hooker is one of my many favorites
I equate Heavy with lots of grind. Great tunage in this thread but obviously a difference of opinion on "heavy". Can't post links or embed on my tablet so i'll just mention "sledgehammer" by BTO. Usually do that nice simple tune everytime i plug in.
I don't think "heavy" needs a definition as much as "riff" does. I just started reading this thread and I have been progressively more annoyed at what people are calling riffs.
FYI, "All Along the Watchtower" does not have any riffs. "Day Tripper" has a riff. Blue Oyster Cult's "Cities on Flame" has a riff, which is one of my favorites. The Earl Hooker vid, cool as it is, has no riff. As cool as "Rumble" is, it is NOT a riff. It is arguable, IMO, whether "Sweet Home Alabama" starts with a riff. I'm inclined to say no. "The Hunt," on the other hand, does start with a riff. Just FWIW, "lick" ≠ "riff."
To me, riffs are usually low string patterns that repeat and set the "tone" for the song. I don't think chord patterns, however good they sound, qualify as riffs.
I also believe that a riff-based song almost always starts with the riff. Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" has a recognizable riff. I would not call "Back in Black" a riff song, although I could probably be persuaded that it is. Other Beatles stuff that have riffs - "Paperback Writer," "I Want to Tell You," maybe "Hey Bulldog."