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The Riff for dummies

In this video tutorial one can learn how to play the Smoke riff with literally zero prior music experience. Which is the majority of people on this planet.

Thanks to BraveWords for the heads up.

6 Comments to “The Riff for dummies”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    A riff with lasting cultural impact, nuff said.

    One day, aliens will roam this Earth in search of remnants of humanoid former civilizations. They will find recordings of this riff and say: “Ah, that is what these Earthlings listened and rejoiced too, they called it rock music.”


  2. 2
    mike whiteley says:

    ,,,,,and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention….
    The album that spawned THE RIFF is 50 years old today ( March 25th,1972 ).
    Turn it up,folks !

  3. 3
    Rick says:

    @1 Hmmm, so aliens are right handed eh?🥴

  4. 4
    Dr. Bob says:

    0 3 5 0 3 65 0 3 5 3 0 brings me back to my youth. About the only thing that I can play on a guitar or bass is that E-string riff, an E-string In-a-Gada-da-Vida riff, and an E-string Iron Man riff. Plus whatever I made up rearranging the notes in those riffs figuring that I would stay in the same key or chord progression. However, I didn’t know until now that those E-string riffs could be a different key from the actual songs.

  5. 5
    LeonR2Z says:

    That’s not the way Richie plays it!

    For starters he plucks it with thumb and forefinger which gives it that extra oomph! He even explains it on the “Making of Machine Head” DVD.

    It can also be played on the A & D strings from the 5th fret up which again gives it more depth.

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Rick: Of course, all the manual flight controls of grounded UFOs I have myself inspected confirm that.

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