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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...

Why is everybody making such a big deal over what he DIDN'T play? This was a delight.
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+Rebornblader It was very entertaining and i absolutely loved it! BUT alot of songs were not rock n roll.
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+Crazyman Motovlogs A lot of "Rock N Roll" is pretty subjective, given how diverse rock has become over the years.
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Mark Knopfler is a legend.
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+MMrRolex When I saw your comment I could just think of Sultans.
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dun, dun, dun. another one bites the dust?
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oh yeah you're right. still iconic though
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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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Am I the only one that got he was trying to mock those comments and say that they suck or is everyone trolling
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Purple Haze?.. that's all for Hendrix?! And No stairway to heaven?!!?! :-O
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+Sigrafix Okay, pay attention to the tittle: Riffs. First of all, I believe Purple Haze is enough for Hendrix, since he changed music due to his playing, not to his songs. And second, the intro of Stairway to Heaven is an intro, just and inro, and not a riff. A riff is a musical phrase that it repeated all over the song, wich is not the case of Stairway to Heaven. Anyway, despite I miss some riffs such as Whole Lotta Love, this is a great (and such inspiring video).
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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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That's what I though but my friend gave me his guitar and an amp with a lead and case for $60
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I just bought a guitar for 350 pesos which is like ,i don't know, 40 bucks and it works like a charm .Good luck with your training.
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What, no Justin Bieber or 1 Direction? That's bullshit, man.
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brief history on guitar hero fans deciding to learn on a real guitar...
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Lol i notice welcome to the jungle and cliffs of dover
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Where are Hotel California,Stairway to heaven and Voodoo Child!?
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Those riffs are way better than atleast 40 of the riffs he included in the video!!
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Ho capito ma lui dice riff e non pre song ...... Il riff è il ritornello ..... Beh comunque bellissime canzoni
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Don't want to be that guy but it's Fortunate Son not sun 2:12
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Oh man I just realized that!
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Well I'm sorry to tell you, but you ARE that guy
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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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+I really dont care. The 2000's are over dude. We are more than halfway through the 2010's!
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+Marley Johnson​ 2015 is halfway. And I said 1 generation and a half.
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no arctic monkeys? for shame!!
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I know I love arctic monkey's
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The surfaris guitarist/vocalist was my automotive teacher in college.
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+Josh Fewtrell fender stratocaster something or other in vintage sunburst i believe
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Mitchell Jordan Shared on Google+ · 1 month 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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Judas Priest - Breaking the Law ?
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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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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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+Boomhauer why. Why are they trash?
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+Evan Booth All of there songs are boring and whiney
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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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GIMME FUE GIMME FAI GIMME DABAJABAZA
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3:23 that was an awesome switch from sweet home alabama!
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I wish you would've included the intro of "Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix
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Im just happy he put cake in there
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just one punk song? really, that's bullshit
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Welcome to paradise, blitzkrieg bop
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"Sultans of Swing" and "Cliffs of Dover" absolutely made my day
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Respect ! You play very well, great job !!
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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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A riff is a recognizable rhythm or melody of a song.
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Wow. Just...wow. My mouth was agape the entire time. Gave me chills! Rock n roll, man!!
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wheres the Layla riff!!!!!!????
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Awesome video. Next time my girlfriend asks me, "Why don't you ever play a full song?" I'm just gonna show her this.
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Congrats, good guitar skills and cool choice of songs man!
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Great list but no jimmy Hendrix
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He played Purple Haze.
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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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Martin Ellison Shared on Google+ · 1 month ago
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I don't mean to complain about what he didn't play. It's a great video and he's got some major skill. Well worth 12 minutes. I was just looking forward to some Def Lep.
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That was nice collection. How about making a list of the same music now in the youtube to immediately play after these riffs.
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The amount of people who don't know the meaning of "riff" is surprising.
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He forgot the word 'unique'....
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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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The things people bother to say they don't like on You Tube are a mystery to me.  This was great.  :D  Thanks for sharing it.
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No avenged sevenfold? Lmao okay
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+MrMW2nd This is a rock thing. Avx7 is a metal band. Genres are weird. But this is also his opinion on riffs. "What do I like enough to put in"
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Fucking faggot lol okay
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It is interesting that as time passed on those covers, they would get more simpler/less interesting. I am really not the nostalgic type, but got to give to the bands in early decades: they had some really sweet songs!
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Try Closing Your Eyes And Guessing The Songs
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Missing the Eagles and Jimi Hendrix
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I'm so glad that he included Cruel by St Vincent, it's a big favorite of mine
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... 100 song's and i only know boulevard of broken dreams....
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Perfect video ♥
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"Pictures of Matchstick Men" is originally by The Status Quo
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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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AWESOMENESS...period! Loved this, and Smells Like Teen Spirit followed by Give It Away....I died😇
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IDOLO, algun dia voy a tocar como vos
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Very good, but, what about KISS???????....Rock´n Roll all Night or any other???? OOooooh!...Ouch!
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I can only play 10 of these wtf
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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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Clem & Co Shared on Google+ · 4 days ago
Regardez cette vidéo sur YouTube :
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No iron maiden hmm suprised
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No Aerosmith!?! But still amazing
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+Rafael Cuevas There is Aerosmith. Number 33.
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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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Smashing pumpkins 1979? Otherwise awesome.
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Michael Jackson is rock n roll?
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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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I love stratocasters but you can here the single coils thin out on some of the riffs. Lol
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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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this was intertaining
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What type of guitar is that? I've been fancying to pick one up myself.
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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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free bird better be on here
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You played no songs of my boy Bieber. :/
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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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I don't know whether the guitar sound good or your skill is good.
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for everyone complaining about some songs not being on this, just remember that this video probably took a lot of effort and probably took a lot of takes, so just shut up, calm down, and just enjoy.
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thanks for sharing man awesome video... thumbs up to you... :)
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Where's David Bowie ???????????
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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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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 the fuck is avegenged sevenfold
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+Pedro Sousa :D :D :D You are soooooo funny :D
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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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+Kennedy Pollard Because it's fair to say someone found this and honestly thought it wasn't well done. Or that his choice or style was lacking. It may not be our opinion, but not everyone HAS to like it
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great job exept i can't explain goes E, D, D, A, E.
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Joe MOTARN Shared on Google+ · 3 months 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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want that guitar so bad. hopefully getting a Squier Affinity Strat for my birthday this year though
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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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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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I thought Status Quo originally did Matchstick men?
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Yaas bohemian rhapsody🙌🏽😍
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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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+withnaturalflavors Oh just ignore him. He just thinks he's allowed to judge other people on something he thinks he's an expert in. This is the internet, so obviously he msut be the worlds best guitarist.
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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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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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