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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...

This video inspired to go out an learn a shit tonne of guitar songs, i even kept a list. After like 120 i lost count. I can sit play for days and I know at least, ten songs for each tuning. That's all fine an dandy but I'm still tiny tim when it comes to writing my own shit. I'll start on that sometime this year.... I hope
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+Anthony Grantham , Nico Core, Its fun to watch Paul McCartney tell room full of students how to compose music, you just start, said he. Then watch the expression on the students faces as they puzzle over how to do that. I would suggest the following to ease the pain; use any song as the pattern, use the progression, but using one's own mind and ears to find a new rhythmic melody to that progression. While feeling free to alter the individual chords or even adding or subtracting chords. After a few hundred songs, it becomes easier to do and understand. The really hard part is coming up something that inspires excitement.
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+MrPanetela​ writing things that excite other people is usually a matter of being sufficiently excited by an idea yourself. I agree with your theory of finding inspiration from other sources, whether musical or sonic, or even more esoteric approaches like forcing yourself to learn a different instrument, or tune your existing one differently. At the heart of it a musician should always be an Explorer, in my opinion anyway. Be fearless! Be unafraid to fail! Haha! Sorry, rant over ;)
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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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Some gutair amp combos (if u don't care about quality) will only cost like 99$, great for beginners who want to try it out
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Awesome video and talent!  But no Doors makes me sad in the pants :(
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+Leah Sero I was not thinking the same thing was I not!
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What if he messed up on number 100...
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+BDK and a riff ain't one!
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Purple Haze?.. that's all for Hendrix?! And No stairway to heaven?!!?! :-O
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I'm more surprised there was no Whole Lotta Love, that is one of the greatest and most recognizable riffs
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What no, Radiohead, Kinks...........................
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+Frasse Holm I'd say Def Leppard is more hair metal than rock n' roll.
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Call me immature, but Enter Sandman by Metallica is at 69
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+GrakAttack Hahahahaha it's so immature but funny.
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Ikr, I was like WHY ENTER SANDMAN!! SO CLICHE!!!
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You played no songs of my boy Bieber. :/
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Only the lamest of the lame like beiber
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Leave my boy beebs alone!
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37 into 38 was awesome :)
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it fit so well didn't it?
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Sex Pistols, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, The Clash, Iron Maiden, Misfits, Minor Threat, MC5 are left out but you put fucking 2 Green Day songs, 2 Guns n' Roses songs and a CAKE song in your montage? You need to get your priorities straight. Anyway, you played what you picked well, good job.
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What's wrong with green day?
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i'm sad because i went metal and now i cant go back to rock. im missing out on decades of amazing music. fuck my time
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+Dan L Your music, whatever it is, is gay. You, personally, are a dickhead. Ferraris and Lamborghinis are both overpriced shit for flashy assholes. Fuck you. Die.
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What no Skrillex? What no Darude? What no Sex Pistols? What no Baauer? What no Lil Wayne? Lil Wayne is the most underrated guitarist in the history of rap. His chops are sick, dexterity is crazy, precision at its finest, perfekt feel. He even cuts down trees for his own guitars and skateboards. + He ghostproduced thriller. + He organized Woodstock 69 + He gave birth to Elton John + He taught Satriani how to breathe. So the next time you compile such a list take Wayne into consideration please.
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Joe MOTARN Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
Cent morceaux évoqués au travers de leurs accords répétitifs (riffs ou ostinatos)
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Certains ont du mal à se rappeler d'une pièce, imaginez, merci bien. Si on a oublié qq titres, c'est une réelle bonne idée...avec tous les titres incroyables.
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I want to learn stuff like this, and I'm about 2 years into guitar. I don't really have a teacher and I'm not really interested in getting one. Where can I start learning stuff like this (technique wise?) Is a teacher really the best way?
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Teach yourself. It's hard, it's a bitch, but then you've got the world at your fingertips. My only advice is use your pinky and practice with a metronome. But work more on your tone, technique naturally follows.
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What guitar is that and which cable and amp did you use??
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Squier affinity strats are a great starting guitar! I'd definitely go for that (especially with amp included)
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WHAT?!!! Only one Rush song and one The Who song!?? REPORTED +Not enough Hendrix
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I felt like more Guns n Roses should have been there. You can't get enough of the Guns
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what do you call the thing he puts on his finger when he plays 7 nation army
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where's jimi hendrix 
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Purple Haze is near the beginning
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ONLY one fatal floor. No Radiohead.
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+The Yes Effect Don't say my name like you know me. And no it isn't shit. I wouldn't call bands like The Beatles and Nirvana shit, which are my two favorite bands. But in the end Radiohead sucks and Fall Out Boy is better than them on every level.                   -Your possible gay lover (call me?)
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2 guns & roses songs but no Elvis? No Little Richard? No Jerry Lee Lewis? the three who actually started the rock n roll genre
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+Victor Torres Jr. +M Tordas Allen Freed coined the phrase. He didn't create the genre.
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Your profile pic is badass
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You did great and you have great fucking taste in music
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you should listen post crucifixion by pescado rabioso
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I know how to play 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45 (one of my first), 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 84, 88, 90, 92, 95, and 97.
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Aren't some of these in Eb standard though? Like Say it Ain't So?
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+Mustlehard not for say it ain't so, there are open notes so it sounds wrong if you move down a half step
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'I am -3 years old and I love Classic Rock. OMG nobody else my age does, look how special and unique I am everybody! Give me the attention that I crave!!1!' These comments are the fucking worst...
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Uhh...I don't think -3 years old is humanly possible, must he aliens, or...illuminati?...
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+UltimateNova434 Why not both?? Didn't expect that didja? 
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thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
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A.M.A.Z.I.N.g. (The last G, is 'couse you forgot Pappo "Un viejo blues" song).
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+Nick Clement Black Magic Woman kinda makes up for it though.
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#52 : hot for teacher. he didn't play the riff, he played the solo .
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I don't know whether the guitar sound good or your skill is good.
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 8:00 effect name, please? :O
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Forgot the doors and judas priest though
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Damn son, where'd ya learn to play this?
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-Hysteria +New born Just learn, Alex.
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100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)
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Michael Shane David Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
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Oh! +Michael Shane David he plays the Guitar as a Angel... I play the Spanish Guitar with my band as a amateur, but never at his level. I don't ever try the Acoustic 'cause that's too much for me, but I loved it! We were listening the guy, and we've got in shock! Congrats to the rock's guy! Thank you Dear Michael for share this video! I could tell you that I've been receiving many pretty and lovely things today through G+ There are so magic on the air!
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He would be a fun addition to any party +Nel Pa 
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Where's Bohemian Rhapsody????
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+slvzp Oh Yeah... heheheheheheheh
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Very good.  A little disappointed there was othing i there by Boston.  I mean, growing up in the 70s and 80s, you could not turn on a rock station without hearing More than a Feeling, Don't Look back, Peace of Mind etc.
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More Than a Feeling for sure.
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No November Rain? okay ._. Good video! keep it up!
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No one will ever be pleased! No matter what 100 songs he would've chose, someone would've complained no matter what ! I'm just glad alice in chains was in it lol!
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+joe Costello I was pleased. I promise lol, but in my opinion November Rain could have topped it off lol
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Why is there no Megadeth?
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+Wurdox It's thrash. I don't know why he put a Metallica song in there though. It could also be because he couldn't play that fast. ;)
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where's highway to hell or TNT from AC/DC?? where's highway star from purple? you choosed green day but there's no scorpions or judas priest, and you call that "a brief history of rock n roll"?? you have no idea, mate...
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I've missed Elvis, Grand Funk Railroad, Motorhead, Scorpions, Clapton Maiden, Priest, Audioslave, But you made a cool selection of riffs...
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omg where the fuck is VOODOO CHILE ???!!,?.??. OMG
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In South America, I think.
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There's not Anastasia - Slash ? Though it was a quite good Riff , Am I wrong ?
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It was a great riff, but this is a brief history, so Slash is less likely to be on here. 
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It would have been very helpful to put the year in which these songs were released, helping much to get a historical perspective. Still an awesome video!
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Look at the top of the comments someone did it for you :)
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how do you drop the e and retune it again so easily??? :O
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Memorize what the peg looks like. Tune back and forth easily.
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Ken Apato Shared on Google+ · 1 day ago
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Maria Bulsara Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll): http://youtu.be/xiC__IjCa2s
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César Blázquez Shared on Google+ · 4 days ago
100 Riffs que resumen parte de la historia del Rock +chicagomusicexchange 
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props for st. vincent
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Darude - Sandstorm
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Can somebody please tell me, what is the function of the green thing that in some riffs he putted in his hand.
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I'm pretty sure its called a slide
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there's no led zeppelin... why
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oh well, i guess im retarted
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If it's a chronological history, then why include covers that were recorded decades after the original riffs became so popular? Pictures of Matchstick Men for example.. and while I appreciate Oh Well being there, Peter Green's Black Magic Woman was so much more memorable than Santana's cover. Riff wise.
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That aside, nice list. Hopefully introduces some great classics to those that recognise them but have never known who they were by.
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Strat was a bad choice for this, much too chimy for many of the riffs! Should have used a JACKSON!! Best guitars in the world!!!
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Yes thank you, I know that! That doesn't mean they sound like a strat MEATBALL! You think everything fender makes sounds like a single coil strat ? LMFAO!!
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can anyone tell me what play method to play those guitar riffs?
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holly crap that guitar sounds good great player too ;)
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How long does it take to be good at tapping on a guitar?
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Lol for reals I heard its pretty easy but really all honesty 
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What the fuck happened with AC/DC ?
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Probs watch the video Again!
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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Satriani, Clapton, and a dozen more....
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They had Crossroads by Cream. Even though he kinda messed it up and it wasn't the Clapton we deserved. He still did a great job though overall.
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+Geoff Plays I didn't say that he did a terrible job. By the way, it was a great job. But he put aside some unique and exclusive bands.
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This is amazing! Great licks!
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I would like to know the setup? As far as amp goes
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You played Rush wrong you dumbass
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Spelled Blitzkrieg bop wrong too
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5:30 what the name of this technique?
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Pictures of Matchstick men = Status Quo! Whisky in the Jar? Anybody?
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Thinn Lizzy brotha!
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Megadeth? Thin Lizzy? Motorhead?
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Thin Lizzy was in there
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girls, girls girls,,,   Long legs and burgundy lips ;)
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where's robert cray and bb king
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OMG this is so amazing ! But where are the Animals and their house of the rising sun ? Anyways, you're freakin talented
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Well, he can't include EVERY iconic classic rock song... there's way too many of them, and he had to make room for some modern tracks.
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shows how much i suck 
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Most relevant question here: How does he change the Amps while playing? I get that he can switch it via the switch (quite obvious) which, as far as my guitars are concerned, are used to change the working pick ups (or however they are called.. The "string vibration microphones". You know what I mean.), which would allow to use each "microphones" signal to go in a different amp, but: He is using only one cable, which looks like the usual jack to me, so all signals go in the same cable and therefore in the same amp. So... what am I missing? I just don't get it.
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A/B box would do it, but I'm not sure that he is using more than one amp.
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Fuck you Alex. Fuck you. I was listening to Dick Dale and the Deltones, and I didn't ask for you, Why did you play. I wanted to listen to Miserlou. I don't care about your 100 fucking riffs. I can play guitar better than you anyway.
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So there's 100 songs I gotta listen to.^__^
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The Beat It- Michael Jackson, is actually Van Halen.......
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EVH made it... yes MJ obviously used it.
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Which amp was used in this
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you show how simple it is!  to some  people, good skills.
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Should be renamed "100 reasons to go out and buy a Fender Strat"...
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No Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting?!!!
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or blur? i guess the 90s english rock get no love
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So, no Pink Floyd. Okey.
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There is a song Lol check it out again
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Marry me, please... Ahahhahahahaaaaa... :P
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I say it as a frustrated guitar player ;)
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I find it annoying when a 12 year old says they love these songs and everyone thinks they're such a great person. ALL 12 year olds should like these songs and it should be normal. This is coming from a 12 year old.
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+Harry Dykhoff haha give it a rest dude..People should listen to whatever they damn want to
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no Led Zeppelin? common dude. still, great video
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+SolidShark100 oh shit you're right, just watched it again. my bad.
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very interesting, but the executions are very very bad!
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You try doing this in 1 take
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+treyston paaso if you had asked me it four or five years ago I would have done it...believe me. i'm not saying it with vanity or presumption...probably playing all those riffs seems to you more difficult than it is. I'm not anglophone, i hope my english is correct and understandable. Bye bye
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Clap, clap , clap... Maybe are you good giutar player, but the kids dont know to learn nothing from this shit.... Congratulations...
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Who even watches this for educational purposes? This is just a cool way to listen to 100 great riffs...
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Maybe you should make an actual sentence before talking about learning.
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What is that thing he puts on his hand on #67 7:40
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+lightningfox97 That's called a slide. It's a technique used to get an effect on sliding or to change where the position of the nut is, similar to a capo.
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Try Danny Gatton on a Tele
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Sunshine of your love?? Hotel California?? Stairway to Heaven? Damn this is harsh :D
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Neno Pacinotti Shared on Google+ · 3 days ago
Best Riffs In the Rock & Roll history.....
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What about californication,stairway to heaven,paradise city,knockin on heavens door
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Johnny Ramone plays all down strokes, and he plays in an 8 beat bar, with a pause taking up the second beat. He also plays a lot faster, so yeah.
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