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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HotRodSteve, Apr 7, 2021.
Learning this Michael Schenker riff is my latest project.
I play it almost every day. Have for some time now. It’s probably my go to riff.
I saw UFO with Golden Earring and Foghat in fall 1975. No disrespect to either other bands (and their guitarists), but even at 14 I knew MS was something totally different. He played the flying V and Phil Mogg swung the mic maybe fifteen feet above the crowd. UFO rocked!
Best Live Album Ever... Nuff Said!
Big UFO fan here. Seen them 4x. Was lucky enough to meet Michael Schenker in Chicago. He was signing copies of his 'Thank You' CD on the Walk on Water tour with UFO, maybe 1995? That's a time I wish we had been walking around with a smart phone camera...
Got to see him on his Michael Schenker Fest tour three years ago. One of the best rocks shows I've ever seen. Four singers? And Graham, who was 70 at the time, could still belt it out.
It was my last time seeing Ted McKenna though. Glad I spent the extra money for the meet'n'greet and soundcheck.
Great tune fabulous guitarist!
I met him at the Ventura Theater in downtown Ventura, CA many moons ago. I was afraid to touch his hands. They looked like glass spiders. Long-legged spiders.
First time I saw them....wanted a flying V
I may be a UFO fan. Aside from the covers album 'Salentino Cuts', I may have every studio album, live album, 'legit' bootleg album and non-authorised album they've ever made. I may or may not have a large selection of Michaels solo efforts too.
I have seen UFO in concert almost as many times as Hawkwind and Motorhead. ~18 shows?
Anyway, Michael's riffing is well worth studying. His timing and phrasing will teach you a lot. The riff for 'Rock Bottom' is quite simple, but it is a really good workout for string skipping, controlling open strings and timing. If any of those fail, it sounds like mush. 'This Kids' is another good one. Michaels chord work gets overlooked. It shouldn't. Most of his solos are melodic, then he throws a curve-ball, and you adopt the expression of 'wth was that?' I'd really love to be able to solo as fluidly as Michael, but I can't, and that makes me a little sad.
It's well worth buying his 'One Night at Budokan' live CD too.
Michael playing his solo
Wasn't the biggest fan of UFO, but my guitar teacher was. He played this for me when it came out (I was 12) and it blew my little mind. What a riff.
Big fan of Michael & UFO, big fan!!! Went to see them and we are late for the concert. I thought it was OK, we just missed the opening act. I was wrong, UFO was the opening act. So I sit there thru the headliner who was a very famous Canadian band (I do not remember their name) and I am thinking to myself that I will never be late for a concert again and this headliner band's pop rock is not for me.
Probably Triumph, they toured together in the early 80s iirc
I needed this. I started to learn it last year but basically wussed out. Enough wussing. I'm plugging it in today. Thanks bro!
Could it be RUSH.?. I saw RUSH headline their 2112 tour. British Lions opened then UFO played then RUSH. I went to see UFO and they were on that night.
I also saw UFO reunion in the 90s with Paul Raymond as well as the original UFO members and Michael at a small club. "Love to Love" was a standout song but they played all the killer stuff also.
LOL, I can't believe I even remember any of this stuff after 40 years.. but, here goes..
 *play this as open 6th string Low E,
 left hand at 5th fret position
 D-E-D is a triplet; hammer-on, pull-off
 Schenker uses the low E (open 6th) as a 'pedal point' almost. He plays it then goes off and plays other notes on top of/in addition to it. So, it's almost always ringing/sustaining as he goes on with the riff.
Main (intro) riff goes something like: (from memory, should be close, sorry if it isn't 100% --[it's been a while]
E* A (4th str) ,E*, G (4th "), D# (5th "), E (5th "), G (4th "), A# (6th "), B (6th "), D-E-D (5th "),B (6th "),E*
E* A (4th str), E*, G (4th "), D# (5th "), E (5th "), G (4th "), A# (6th "), B (6th "), D-E-D (5th "),B (6th), G(4th)
Rock Bottom, Rock Bottom, etc.
C5,B5,A5,D5 (Low E, then) D5 E5 D5 E5 D5 E5
Rock Bottom, Rock Bottom, etc.
C5,B5,A5,D5 (Low E) D5 E5 D5 E5 D5 E5
(B Section - 'slower' section)
Where do we go? Where do we go, from here.. (etc)
Edit: Ugh, just now remembered this part needs more work!
Arpeggiated (C, D, Em) w/solo over the top
-Hope that helps
PS. I know my notation leaves a lot to be desired and may need a correction or two. Feel free to copy/edit [FIX!] and post a corrected version. I'm just offering something for those that are interested in learning the basic parts of the tune an easy way to get started.
Man I wish I heard this on its release when I was thirteen but I'm hearing it for the first time now.
I may not have given up on rock so soon after.
Killer tones throughout.
Great song, great riff, but to me, this will always be the definitive version:
This is the greatest sentence I've read in my entire life...