Famous Riffs for Practice

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Sascrotch, Apr 19, 2001.

  1. Sascrotch


    Feb 18, 2001
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Can anyone recommend some good riffs from bands that are somewhat famous?
  2. nirvana - lounge act
    red hot chili peppers - otherside(bridge)
    creed - my own prison
    limp bizkit - my way
    our lady peace - life

    theres a couple good riffs. not all that hard, but sound good.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    No offense, but that's like asking "Does anyone know of a book that has words that people have heard of?" There are countless songs by countless people that have recognizable riffs. Are you looking for a specific genre or band?

    By the way, questions like this would get the most responses from the "Recordings" forum. :)
  4. akajuve400g


    May 22, 2000
    I say rearranged...not hard but it is probably the most recognizable bass riff in pop music today....limp bizkit is pop (rock/metal/pop)
  5. alx564


    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    I second that notion. Man that was like the second riff I ever learned and I played it for weeks non-stop. Still do.
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Is it metal you want? These songs have well known, easily recognizable riffs.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls...Metallica
    Enter Sandman...Metallica
    Theme from Mission Impossible...Limp Bizkit version
    My Way...Limp Bizkit
    Break Stuff...Limp Bizkit
    Patience...Guns n Roses
    Paradise City...Guns n Roses
    Iron Man...Black Sabbath
    War Pigs...Black Sabbath
    Man in the Box...Alice in Chains
    Rooster...Alice in Chains
    Smack My B**** Up...Prodigy
    The Number of the Beast...Iron Maiden
    Fear of the Dark...Iron Maiden
    Dr. Feel Good...Motley Crew
    Back in Black...AC/DC
    Fight for Our Right to Party...Beastie Boys
    Rock and Roll All Night...Kiss

    That's just for starters.

  7. Sabbath are always good for riffs, like, N.I.B, Children of the Grave, Symptom of the Universe, Dirty Women etc..

  8. NIB!!!! hehe
  9. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Cream-Sunshine of your love, Badge, Politician

    Hendrix-Fire, Hey Joe

    Queen-Another one bites the dust

    Sonny & Cher :eek: The beat goes on

    Temptations-Papa was a rolling stone, My Girl

    When you have all those down, anything by Jaco. :D
  10. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Cream - Sunshine of your love is definetely an easy yet cool riff... the whole song is cool too.

    i would add Radiohead - National Anthem if you want to make good impression in the college radio listeners. and is easy and impresive (more with effects)

    and if you happen to have (and like) distortion, use it in:

    Blur - Song 2... very cool track! i like to play the guitar strumming intro-verse on bass and then crank the distortion for the chorus-bridge-solo thing.
  11. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Les Claypool, you remind me of two songs with excellent riffs.

    Jerry, The Race Car Driver...Primus
    Tommy The Cat...Primus

  12. BaroqueBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR
    I would like to nominate the mountain song by jane's addiction
  13. duff_hodges


    May 15, 2000
    Suffolk, UK
    Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses
    Paradise City - Guns N Roses
    Eat The Rich - Aerosmith
    Living On The Edge - Aerosmith
    Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
    In These Arms - Bon Jovi
    Whole Lot Of Rosie - AC/DC
    Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
    Alright Now - Free
    Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor

    Try any stuff buy Ian Dury and the Blockheads (Some brilliant bass lines but not to everyones taste!)


    Apr 13, 2001
    Kent, England.
    Longview by greenday is a cool bass riff everyone knows.
  15. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    are those riffs for beginners? :D

    yeah they are kind of easy... but better try these ones first, then those:

    Too many Puppies (strumming 101)
    DMV (tapping 101)
    My name is mud
    Groundhog´s day
    Spegetti western
    Those damn blue collar tweekers
    Air is getting slippery (too easy :))
    most Antipop album
  16. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Longview, Money (Pink Floyd) and Guerrilla Radio (RATM) were my first riffs :)...

    BTW: anything from RATM is fairly easy and funky!
    I finally learned ALL the self titled album, it´s pretty good practice!

    Slow Riffs: like settle for nothing
    medium riffs: Freedom, Bombtrack...
    Fast Riffs: the second part of Bullet in the head
    Slap Riff: take the power back
    Slide riffs: fistfull of steel
    mixed riffs: Know your enemy...love that song...starts with slap, continues with normal fingering, ends with distorted bass... love it, love it :D
  17. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Another cool one is "Black dog" by Zeppelin. :)
  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I was wonderin' when Led Zep would show up! ;)
    In addition to "Black Dog", there's "Heartbreaker", "Living Loving Maid", "Four Sticks"(in 5/8 time), "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Crunge"(in 5/4 time), "The Ocean", "The Wanton Song", etc.
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Here's one that just came to me-
    Living Colour's "Cult Of Personality"(it even has a bar of 3/4 in there admidst all the 4/4 bars). Check it out...it can put your fretting hand into a twisted mess! ;)
  20. The verse riff from Midnight Oil's 'Stand in Line' is quite good.