What Are Some Fun Riffs to Play

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by mcblahflooper94, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    They don't really need to be difficult, but, just fun to play, such as Hazy Shade of Winter (Bangles version), Welcome Home (Coheed and Cambria), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne), Sweet Child O Mine (Guns n Roses). To name a few. Try to avoid riffs that use chords/ too many multiple strings.
  2. Been playing long? Try some Rush. Geddy's riffs are a lot of fun to play, and you'll develop some good chops along the way.
  3. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    "Feel Good, Inc." - Gorillaz
    "Leave It" - Yes
    "Parallels" - Yes
    "Knock on Wood" - Eddie Floyd
    "In the Meantime" - Space Hog (although this one uses a LOT of neck)
  4. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    I always liked Zepplin's, Dazed and Confused, and from the Jimi Hendrix Blues album, Jelly 292.

    The riffs walk around multiple strings, but the structure of the riffs is great for learning.
  5. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    Ya, I've been playing for about a year now, I listen/play things more difficult than this, just listing off some fun songs to play. Lately, I've been working on My Last Words by Megadeth, and I might try to look at La Villa Strangato soon.
  6. Frankenstein by The Edgar Winter Group is really fun and simple, plus is a good way to get used to more difficult song forms instead of difficult riffs.
  7. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    My mega list of fun Geddy lines:

    - Circumstances lead in to the chorus (fast way to check volume/tone across all strings)
    - Tom Sawyer solo section
    - The Trees post first acoustic verse
    - Territories second part of verse
    - Distant Early Warning verse
    - Vital Signs verse
    - Show Don't Tell intro and verse
    - Xanadu bridge
    - Free Will solo
    - The Enemy Within verse
    - The Camera Eye bridge (C# to C)
    - Red Barchetta all of it
    - Marathon verse

    Ok, maybe not a mega list. But most of these should be doable and are fun ways to loosen up and stretch out a bit.
  8. Black Sabbath
  9. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    Mayor of Simpleton - XTC
  10. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Black Dog-Led Zeppelin

    D.B.D. by Front Page is pretty fun but challenging.
  11. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
  12. I really love Led Zeppelin, and here's some songs I enjoy to play

    Black Dog
    The Lemon Song
    Moby Dick
    How many more times
    Dazed and Confused
    We're gonna groove

    "Cadillac assembly line" by Albert King is also a song that's easy and fun to play
  13. otherclef


    Aug 10, 2011
    Live with me -- Stones
  14. Great call, and if I may be so bold, go for the version on Get Your Ya Ya's Out.....IMHO, pretty much every track on that LP is the definitive version.

    A bud and I recently did a cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash, and it was a gas, gas, gas. :)

  15. capcom


    Mar 23, 2005
  16. pkstone


    Apr 13, 2011
    "I Feel Good" by James Brown -- very fun, but challenging (and super-rewarding) to play in the pocket.
  17. BassPlayer900


    Oct 19, 2011
    I really like playing the riff (during the verses) to Bastille Day, by Rush.
  18. Great list, Digitalman...I would like to add "Leave That Thing Alone". One of my favs.

    Rush - Leave That Thing Alone ( Time Machine 2011 DVD ) - YouTube
  19. SixxSevenn


    Apr 19, 2012
    Motley Crue, Don't go away mad
    Green day, longview
    MR BIG, Still aint enough for me