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100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)

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Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n' roll. To hear original music from Alex Chadwick, go to http://westernautomatic.com/ See the...

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Why is everybody making such a big deal over what he DIDN'T play? This was a delight.
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+HabsFan123 Yeah, because that song sucks.
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I agree the video would be a few weeks long if the comment section had its way...
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dun, dun, dun. another one bites the dust?
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+TheCryptCrusader He must of not known that Money was a bassline, otherwise there would be many more basslines on this list.
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+Atticus Finch Seems like Wish You Were Here or ABITW pt. II would have been better Floyd choices.
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That tone for Don't fear the reaper was almost spot on
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+IronOrePickaxe The fact that he played it all back-to-back was impressive enough, but he kept switching pedals the whole time for each one, too? Dang, bro, nicely done!
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Holy fuck he is amazing. please make more of these
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Please link me your picture
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look up angry vault boy
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Don't want to be that guy but it's Fortunate Son not sun 2:12
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Well I'm sorry to tell you, but you ARE that guy
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+Emiliano De La Torre He didn't say he wasn't, just that he didn't want to be
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3:48 It needs absolutely more cowbell
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You sir get an A+ for that comment
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brief history on guitar hero fans deciding to learn on a real guitar...
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+iFokshe Pah Yeah, screw anyone who played guitar hero and wanted to learn how to play real guitar. Little posers, all of them.
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What, no Justin Bieber or 1 Direction? That's bullshit, man.
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+SigmaTV Yes with influential songs like You a Stupid Hoe and Anaconda
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Yeah, we are talking about 'ROCK AND ROLL' not 'PUSSY POP GROUPS'! Get into a better music genre before you and your bullshit generation ruin the future of music.
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I really wish i could get a guitar and start learning some of these songs but sadly im broke and cant afford a guitar, amp, anything.
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+KarRuptAssassin Sorry you're broke, but if you can save up enough to get a guitar at a pawn shop ($50-100ish dollar range for something playable) there is free amp modeling software you can run through your computer (which I assume you have since you're posting here). And remember, even if a guitar sucks, it can almost always be set up to play and sound great if you take the time to educate yourself on how to properly set up a guitar.
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+Um Dois acista Só música que você conhece, as que tu não conhecer, é antiga, ou seja: KID ړײ
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+Um Dois Último comentário na G+ ;-;
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:-; Eu lembro dele
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MY SOUL I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW
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Great video. He covers the 2000s in a fraction of the time he spent on the 90s, 80s and 70s. Shows how shitty music has become.
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+HabsFan123 What you fail to understand is that all the shitty music from 70s, 80s and 90s is forgotten. I can guarantee you that people said the same shit in the 70s. They probably said shit like "The music today is just shit. Do you remember the 20s when they had real talent and didn't just shout and turn the volume up!?!?!"... And people will same the exact same thing in 20 years, because people are ignorant and stupid. And I don't think that will ever change.
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+HabsFan123 Typical internet retardation
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The surfaris guitarist/vocalist was my automotive teacher in college.
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Where are Hotel California,Stairway to heaven and Voodoo Child!?
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Just letting you know dude, Hotel California doesn't have a riff. The 12 string acoustic plays a chord progression with about 7 different chords
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+Dylan Quinlan Exactly. Also knowing from experience you need a kapo to play Hotel California in correct key.
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Was anybody else just really impressed with 10:15?
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No because it's a really simple riff to learn
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+Hazzer Sheard Not the riff the switch between picking and the slide
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3:23 that was an awesome switch from sweet home alabama!
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no arctic monkeys? for shame!!
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Mitchell Jordan Shared on Google+ · 2 months ago
Ok, this is amazing. This video affirms my belief that music requires real talent, not just a computer. I knew all but 5 of these, and most of them rank as favorites of mine. Give it an honest listen on quality speakers.
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Purple Haze was #13, right after Satisfaction...
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missed that, I can play about 10-15 of those fairly well, only the last few in the 90's that I had never heard...
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No Nirvana, Aerosmith, and where the fuck is Roadhouse blues of the Doors ...
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"Walk this Way" is at #33, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is at #71
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2.245 people don't have life.
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they exedentitly pressed the wrong button
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+Tom Breeze same one I have :D
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Sunburst 50's Stratocaster.
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This was great!!! It's a shame there was no Radiohead but everything else was spot on
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A round of applause. That was ace tastico! Wow! Absolutely, wow!
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1959 Fender Stratocaster
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HELTER SKELTER WAS SO GOOD!
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Do you play bass by chance? Because I was wondering if you could do a version of this but top 100 bass lines
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He did just search top 100 bass riffs
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did anyone notice the quality of the riffs dropping as we got into the 90; s
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This Guy is GREAT,,,I wish I could play like this
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I hate my generations music. I'm 4 years old and all there is is Barney and it really sucks I wish more music was like this, because it's not like I have unlimited access to it right?
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+Bigtroll101 I know right? I just want to experience the 80's even though I could easily access numerous bands on spotify and youtube. FML.
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I want an electric guitar so bad
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Not only impressive that it's 100 riffs and he drop tunes in a second, but the song are in chronological order! That's hard to pull off my friend
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my only complaint is that not all the songs sounded perfect but very good job and quite impresive doing it in one take
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try classical gas and cavitina
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What guitar is that? I'm fixing to get one and I have taken a fancy to this one
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Another one of those dorks who can play parts of a lot of songs but doesn't know a single song all the way through. KIDDING!!!! That was excellent! A lot of fun to watch.
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3:49 absolutely nailed the tone for Don't Fear The Reaper. Love it.
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Shoulda played stairway to heaven!!!!!
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I've watched this so many times you're the man
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how does he get all those different sounds? for example the transfer between 4:12 and 4:32
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Blitzkrieg Bop is all down picking. not alternate picking.
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This guy does not listen to enough Led Zeppelin, and there could have been a song or two of Billy Squir. I think I spelled Billy's last name wrong
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Im just happy he put cake in there
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it will be better if you  show the tabs
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surprised that "Fuel" by Metallica didn't make the list. but hey, enter sandman is just as good, maybe even better.
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+Ryan Wirth Fuel is not even close to Metallica's best hits, and not Enter Sandman either.
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you got it brother cooooool
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Never ceases to blow my mind how he manages to do the entire thing with no mistakes.
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Man, all those years riffing in Guitar Center finally paid off! : D Just kidding, nice work Alex!
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Thanks, I enjoyed this video, I could see the "Life in the Fast Lane" riff and maybe another Keith Richards riff like "Start Me Up"or "Brown Sugar" and maybe something from Motown included or added as ideas for the 2nd 100 famous guitar riffs!
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no.20 Fortunate Sun →Fortunate Son
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Comment your favorite song number!
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Altough I enjoyed the video —not the last 20 ones or so, but anyway—, I gotta say that you misplayed Paranoid and Smoke on the Water: Paranoid is played at the 12th fret; Smoke's main riff is played fingerstyle.
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this was intertaining
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...I don't know what you are all talking about. I'm an aborted fetus clinging to life in a truckstop toilet. Fuk you all... I'd better get outta here soon before someone tries to use me as fishing bait.
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what the hell....
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1959 fender stratocaster
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I dont get why Dire Strits got to riffs... Its not Rock... I would call it redneckpop
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absolutely killed misirlou!
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wheres the Layla riff!!!!!!????
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Try Closing Your Eyes And Guessing The Songs
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Allot of jack white stuff in the end
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I'm surprised the only Pink Floyd line he did was a bass line, but even so, that was an awesome video.
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5th one made me want to watch pulp fiction all of a sudden
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That was friggin sweet. the coolest back to back series of grooves ever, that took some chops to pull off I wanna jam with this guy.
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No avenged sevenfold? Lmao okay
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Fucking faggot lol okay
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+D.J. Ryals They're actually more hard rock these days with some pretty sick riffs (in my opinion). They change their sound on almost every album though so you can't really fit them in a single genre
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We need a sequel to this!
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Kiss?!?!? Detroit Rock City? Strutter? Nothing to Lose? Cold Gin? I Want You? All Hell's Breaking Loose? If you're gonna talk about the history of rock you have to have Kiss!
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Jeesh Jared !!! But ya u need 2 have all tha Klassics by kiss
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My inner dork has awakened! I'm a twelve year old girly girl yet I'm so into this kind of stuff
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that's awesome what bands you like?
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... 100 song's and i only know boulevard of broken dreams....
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+cherry cicely nope.. i don't like that kind of music... but the guitars that's the reason why i was here..
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Great list but no jimmy Hendrix
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He played Purple Haze.
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Nice ending with St. Vincent
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He's faster than those guys in Times Square doing spray can art.
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just one punk song? really, that's bullshit
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+Alvaro Castillo weezer's not punk, green day it's a song when they stoped doing punk...
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I love punk/hardcore and stuff but most punk riffs are so overly simple and repetitive they don't belong here. I was surprised when blitzkrieg bop made the list.
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I find it a shame that so many people know "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and no one knows "Hold On".
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Missing the Eagles and Jimi Hendrix
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+Jack Johnson oh lol, still though, eagles
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I can only play 10 of these wtf
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WHERE IS SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, Stairway to Heaven, In My Head by Queens of the stone age? Do 25 great solos
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Number 71 smells like teen spirit.
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+Juan Sangenis oh god, thanks. maybe I was high when posted this. I'm sorry
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he played blitzkrieg bop wrong. Johnny only downstrums... other than that, this is awesome
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What type of guitar is that? I've been fancying to pick one up myself.
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Im new to like the electric guitar since ive played the acoustic for so long and i am so lost on how he made such hard rock sounds without changing the turning, is he using a pad system ( idk what those things that change the sound of the guitar are called sorry ) is it the tone he changes or what cuz im lost and i mean i have a fender hss strat affinity series which is the same brand of guitar so is it the tone or a pad system or the type of guitar or tuning that i have to change??
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+legomypancakes thank you so much i appreciate the assistance and i will try to use the gain when i can bc i never used it at all but i will now so thank you very much
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You can't just make a video its name includes the words "rock n roll" and B.B King , Robert Johnson( and probably more kind of these artists I didn't mention ) wouldn't show there
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I always thought they were considered to be more blues than anything else, maybe I was wrong though anyway they're both fantastic
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+rock4ever1212 You also can't include everything.
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Black magic woman was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, not Santana. Other than that awesome dude
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Michael Jackson is rock n roll?
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Although it says Rock n Roll, there are different genres in there, for example, Green Day and Weezer are considered Pop Punk, Cult of Personality is Punk Rock, Nirvana is Grunge, there was a lot if blues near the start, etc. So he doesn't seem to just be focusing on Rock, he's branched out.
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True, although I wouldn't call Weezer Pop Punk, I'd classify them as Alt-Rock.
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That was one hell of a quick drop-d tunning
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Maybe a bit overlapped, but really nice overall man!
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Mr sandman was in there twice
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This list is a sham! Not one Metallica rift, seriously?!
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+Analytical Associates​ I personally would have picked a different riff for Metallica, but being that was the first song to be released for the black album. I can see why it is on the list. The Beatles are simply the best. I love all genres of music.
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Cool! Thanks for your thoughts!
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I thought Status Quo originally did Matchstick men?
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Well, exactly waht music is not about in my opinion and especially rock and roll. 100 guitar riffs, without soul. But good job anyway, very good  excellent technique! Maybe someday you'll be able to play the guitar.
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+D.J. Ryals  no not at all, I'm sorry I didnt want to be rude or judge,  obviously like I said this guitarist is an expert monkey and practised a lot to achieve this video. He is the expert , I'm not, I just wanted to share my opinion on rock and roll since it says history of rock. Sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings, that wasnt the point. I wanted to say, he didnt groove, he was sitting on a chair not shaking his head.... he imitated 100 riffs perfectly but that isnt music. I'm also a guitarist, (I would say a terrible one) but I play with my heart  lol ! Dont take this seriously , i,m probly just jealous or something. Fucking internet just ignore me , that's right :p  If you read carefully, you will notice I compliment his skillz also.  
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+Sylvebarbe TREEBEARD Jesus, I hope your not as bad at guitar as you are at spelling.
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Can anyone explain what that thing is he's wearing on his ring finger for certain riffs.
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Its called a guitar slide and its used to create a different tone. U can get one at a music shop and theyre not that expensive
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+Theguitarplayer thanks, I'll try to pick one of those up sometime
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