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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...

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 Buy a Jackson. Those ones are absolutely awesome.
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Awesome video and talent!  But no Doors makes me sad in the pants :(
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37 into 38 was awesome :)
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Purple Haze?.. that's all for Hendrix?! And No stairway to heaven?!!?! :-O
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+FattyCantRun I don't know about guitar world, I only know it's one of my favorite piece of music I've ever heard.
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What no, Radiohead, Kinks...........................
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+Azarathian MageWhere do you think metal originated ? It didn't just pop out of nowhere. It started off as very heavy rock.............and everything is a sub-genre of Rock 'n Roll.
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+Joe B I take your point, but with that logic you could argue that world or latin music are sub genres of classical and that jazz and blues are sub genres of them... I think for a type of music to become its own genre it needs to be significantly different from the music that inspired it; now take a rock song, lets say Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' and now take say Pantera's 'Walk' as an example of a metal song, now you really can't say they're that similar.
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What if he messed up on number 100...
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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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+Atomic Yoshi I'm going to assume that you have no knowledge on humor. Or... sarcasm in this case.
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+Tahsin Sabah Sorry, I don't have a sarcasm font...
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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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ONLY one fatal floor. No Radiohead.
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+Richie Balanou Fall out boy "covers" while Radiohead churns out unique music. Fall out boy just copies songs talented people make. Example: Centuries copies Tom's diner. So go ram your car into a pole with you in it
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Richie radio head is amazing shush and btw fall out boy does not copy they sample from other songs.
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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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Nice try, but the sex pistols would have been nice.
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Your profile pic is badass
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100 riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)
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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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+sylvo330 Oh come on man. It doesn't matter! Everyone has the right to have their own choices! Everyone's different, right? As cheesy as it may seem but give us a break. We're not all the same person. And yes, he certainly did play great!
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Call me immature, but Enter Sandman by Metallica is at 69
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+GrakAttack Fun fact: Metallica had playboy pictures surrounding them in studio when Enter Sandman was being made.
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Joe MOTARN Shared on Google+ · 1 month 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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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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Can someone define 'Riff'?
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All of these are riffs. I'd say it's what defines a song as much as the lyrics, if not more. Think of a popular song like any of these and humm it to yourself, whatever you are humming is most likely a guitar riff.
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You played no songs of my boy Bieber. :/
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+Rory Sanger why did it give me an option to translate that lol
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Aren't some of these in Eb standard though? Like Say it Ain't So?
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+Cmac The Great Pride And Joy is also in Eb tuning, although I'm pretty sure he just plays some of the songs in the wrong tuning. It still sounds good.
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I'm 13 and proud to say some of my favorite songs are played here
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+Leo Dare Liking music from another generation doesn't make you cool, it makes you pretty fucking average. Get over yourself. It's fine to like current music trends.
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Shut up, attention whore.
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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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Why is everyone going on and on about the song's he DIDN'T do? Can't you just appreciate what this HUMAN DID PLAY? It's not the end of the world! Gosh, people just ask for too much...
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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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Glad to see Mastodon, not "Mastadon", hit the list.
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Can someone tell me what exactly does he play at 3.?I know the chords are A,D and E but i just cant get the same sound as him.
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I don't know whether the guitar sound good or your skill is good.
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Tiago Santos Shared on Google+ · 3 days ago
Confira este vídeo no YouTube:
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INCREDIBLE!butNoSonicReducer
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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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Its probably coz i would have takin too long to set up the distortion
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So proud to be a jack white fan :') So many iconic riffs! Even if they are relatively easy to play
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I'm learning how to play guitar and enjoy how with a little special effects, he made it sound hard, but I think Seven nation army is somewhat easy.
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Yeah seven nation army, lazaretto were gonna be friends, all pretty easy. I loved learning them
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I thought Status Quo originally did Matchstick men?
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Rock The Casbah Shared on Google+ · 2 days ago
100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)
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32 to 33 was AMAZING !! But hey, where's Rory Gallagher ???
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I'm downloading all these songs and i could listen to them until i die.
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I really want to know how many tries this took to make.
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Congratulations man, amazing compilation riffs.
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 8:00 effect name, please? :O
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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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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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No radiohead or blink182
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Les 1000 dislike sont des gens incultes, fermés d'esprit ou extrême religieux anti rock, fuck, vive le rock et le metal ! \m/
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Am I the only one who wants to see his pedal board?
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How does this have 1k dislikes? People are haters
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That's part of the Internet. Most of the time it's a parent that thinks the internet is a waste of time and the kids should do nothing but stay in school and go outside. Or it's a kid that's forced to unsubscribe because of their parents, or they just don't know the music they should be listening to.
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Where's Bohemian Rhapsody????
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+slvzp Oh Yeah... heheheheheheheh
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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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Wasn't pictures of matchstick men done by Status Quo in 1968?
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No Aerosmith!?! But still amazing
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+Rafael Cuevas There is Aerosmith. Number 33.
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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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C'mon guys don't complain. In this video there are a lot of songs that are fantastic and he can't play all the songs of the rock. So don't complain a lot about this and enjoy this awesome guitarist.
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I've seen this video so many times, I know the order of the songs played, great stuff by the way
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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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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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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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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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Include some kinks and oasis and you've actually got a class list there.
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The Beach Boys wrote Wipeout didnt they?
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+Red Dawn "Wipeout" sounds like a Beach Boys type of theme, but, no, they didn't write it.
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tuning in and out of drop d like that  is impressive as shit
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im 7 years old and i only listen to nickleback
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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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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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Woah.....just..........wow
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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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I like how Jack White was responsible for 3 of the modern-day rock riffs played here.
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props for st. vincent
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I'm playing acoustic guitar now. after watching this video i feel like i NEED to learn how to play electric....hmm
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Darude - Sandstorm
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before this video:  alex's boss: ok everyone, whoever can learn these 100 riffs by the end of this month, will be our new and gets a raise  george: i dont play guitar i just work here jason: ill try but theres no promises alex: yeah, ill do it
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What does he use for the 56 effect?
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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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did he use any pedals or anything while playing sultans?
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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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can anyone tell me what play method to play those guitar riffs?
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Nice selection!!!!! but forgot The Cult Riffs like Rain an Love removal
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Megadeth? Thin Lizzy? Motorhead?
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Thin Lizzy was in there
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5:30 what the name of this technique?
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What the fuck happened with AC/DC ?
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Probs watch the video Again!
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To be fair 7:11, 65 status quo should take the credit for that riff. seeing as they wrote it.
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shows how much i suck 
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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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or blur? i guess the 90s english rock get no love
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Wonderful. Doesn't sound like you left anything out.
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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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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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59 - 60 soo perfect 😭😍
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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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