Where else have you heard these?


I learned these five riffs in the following songs.  What other songs feature something similar?

1.  "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp
2.  "I'm the Man Who Loves You" by Wilco
3.  "Melissa" by The Allman Brothers Band
4.  "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
5.  "Run Like Hell" by Pink Floyd


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  1. Hey Rob…nice vid…I think ‘Ramble On’ by Led Zep may fit the bill.
    There’s probably a ton of other songs by these Rock Gods but being LoTR fan I especially like this song.

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      Oh, thanks for the reminder! Those riffs are kind of a (rather challenging, in my opinion) hybrid of several of the ones I’m considering.

      I can still remember hearing those lyrics for the first time and thinking, “OMG, my favorite band is into TOLKIEN?!”

  2. If I’m understanding you correctly, then the intro to the Travelling Wilburys “End of the Line” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMVjToYOjbM) fits.

    Hawaiian slack key guitar makes heavy use of that sort of riff too. There are loads of different tunings, but the most common one is Taropatch tuning (or Open G), It uses the open bass strings on strings 4, 5, & 6, and plays the melody on strings 1, 2, & 3. Try something like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOBvV4VRCXI

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      Oh yeah, I forgot about “End of the Line!” Same idea there as “Run Like Hell.” I love that song.

      And open tunings are definitely where this style of playing really flourishes. That was a lovely tune, thanks for turning me on to it.

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