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Title:
Riffs : how to create and play great guitar riffs
Author:
Rooksby, Rikky.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Backbeat Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations, music ; 28 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780879307103
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This book identifies 30 distinct guitar riff types, and goes on to illustrate them with 150 inspired examples, examining how they have been developed and used by great rock musicians from Cream and The Beatles, through Nirvana and Soundgarden, to Metallica, Limp Bizkit, The Strokes and The White Stripes. The first half of the book analyzes classic rock riffs and reveals the stories behind their creation, supported by illustrations and a 30-track CD of audio examples. The second section shows how to construct great riffs. Readers learn how to shape a melody, integrate a guitar riff with the rest of a song, enhance it with effects, and work with intervals and scales. Includes an exclusive interview with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
What is a riff?p. 6
Why are riffs important?p. 8
A brief history of the riffp. 8
How many types of riff are there?p. 12
How this book worksp. 12
Section 1 Interval-based riffsp. 14
1. The semitone riffp. 15
2. The tone riffp. 20
3. The octave riffp. 24
4. The perfect fifthp. 27
5. The perfect fourthp. 30
6. The tritonep. 35
7. Riffs in thirdsp. 38
8. Riffs in sixthsp. 43
9. Mixed-interval riffsp. 44
Section 2 Scale-based riffsp. 48
10. The pentatonic minor riffp. 48
11. The blues-scale riffp. 53
12. The pentatonic major riffp. 58
13. The major scale riffp. 60
14. The mixolydian riffp. 63
15. The aeolian mode/natural minor riffp. 67
16. The dorian riffp. 69
17. The phrygian riffp. 72
18. The lydian riffp. 74
19. The locrian riffp. 75
20. Chromatic-scale riffsp. 76
Section 3 Chord-based riffsp. 80
21. Pedal-note riffsp. 80
22. Drone-note riffsp. 82
23. Arpeggio riffsp. 84
24. The major chord riffp. 87
25. The mixolydian chord riffp. 89
26. The minor chord riffp. 93
27. Suspended chord riffsp. 95
28. Triad-based riffsp. 100
29. Inverted chord riffsp. 102
30. Unusual chord riffsp. 104
Section 4 Techniques for playing riffsp. 106
Repetition and developmentp. 106
Tempop. 106
Reharmonisingp. 107
Transposing a riffp. 108
Chord shapesp. 110
Detuning for riffsp. 111
Altered tunings in rockp. 112
Form and length of riffsp. 116
How riffs are used in songsp. 117
Rhythm and time signaturesp. 118
Arranging and recording guitar riffsp. 123
Riffs and the bandp. 125
Section 5 Writing and playing classic riffs: a masterclass with John Paul Jonesp. 126
Section 6 Riffs on the supplied CDp. 132
Index of Artistsp. 164
Index of Songsp. 168
Acknowledgementsp. 176