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If you improvise a riff and the crowd immediately reacts to it, you know you're on to something.
I like to decide the night before Thanksgiving that I'm gonna do it, and I'll see what riff raff is around. Then I get that last-minute surge of energy. But if I had two weeks to plan, sometimes I wish I wasn't doing it. But very seldom does that happen.
For me, the music dictates the melody. Give me a riff to sing over, you know?
Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.
The first song that made me interested in music was 'Oh, Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison. It was the guitar intro, that riff, that I really liked and made me listen in a different way.
'Back In The Saddle' - I never realised what a good riff that was, or at least how much it satisfied me. And when we play it live, it comes across much better than I ever expected it to.
No one in the world can beat Ella Fitzgerald as a riff singer.
You would find in a lot of Zep stuff that the riff was the juggernaut that careered through and I worked the lyrics around this.
The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened. You want something unscripted, something to riff on, something kinda out there.
There's such a huge difference between a great arrangement of riffs and a song. Sometimes the two can be the same. But the difference is a song doesn't necessarily need a riff, whereas a riff doesn't necessarily mean you've got a good song on your hands.
Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them, but they riff.
When I write a song, it's all about the riff - the riff first, then the words come later.
To me, the hook of the riff is what makes a great guitar recording. It's the backbone of the whole song. When you have a strong riff, it's the rocket fuel for the track.
One of my favorites has always been 'Swap Meet.' One of the reasons why I like that is it's a song that's in a drop-D tuning, and of course, also being a guitar player, it's one of the songs that I really like the riff on it.
Sometimes one of us will have a riff or a bass line from home but it really gels when we come together. We really have a strong special chemistry that we take advantage of when we get together.
Songs are out there - they're waiting to be grabbed. I start with a phrase, musical and lyrical, words like 'I don't think so' and a nice riff. It rolls from there.
I think people will always love a heavy Sabbath riff because it's fundamental to rock.
I love a good Slash guitar riff. It's sexy!
A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.
In OK Computer, the guitar was already moving towards a tone generator as well as a riff generator.
I think often times if a guitar riff is centered around the chorus or if it follows the chorus, then it often times turns into the actual hook.
When I need to nail that riff to the cross, Marshall will always provide the hammer!
I'm an American designer. It's important to riff on that. I remember, when my mom and I first came to the States, she was so shocked that everyone was so dressed down in sandals and shorts. It's not quite like that in Asia. To give that a superluxurious makeover? For me to make street wear? It's sort of chic to do it.
One thing will lead to another and somebody will come up with a riff or a line or something we build from.
Of all the things I've done, the first 'Strongman' story was one of the easiest things to write. It was almost fully formed from the get-go. It's almost a 'Dark Knight Returns' riff, except you have a battle-worn Mexican wrestler instead of Batman.
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