Riffs?    00:14 on Thursday, October 04, 2007

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What are riffs?

Re: Riffs?    11:14 on Thursday, October 04, 2007

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Riffs are notes repeated again and again, usually in Rock Music or Rap "Music".



Smoke on the Water is an Iconic and Famous Riff. Play it and you will recognise it instantly.
E G A, E G B A, E G A, G E etc

Re: Riffs?    11:43 on Thursday, October 04, 2007
Re: Riffs?    05:55 on Sunday, October 07, 2007

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Actually, the term was appropriated by rock musicians and rock journalists from jazz. The term was very commonly in use during the swing era (1930's). The classical term for a repeating melodic passage is ostinato (which literally means obstinate or stubborn.)


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