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View Poll Results: The Best Beatles Guitar Riff
Day Tripper 9 52.94%
I Feel Fine 3 17.65%
Paperback Writer 2 11.76%
Dig A Pony 0 0%
Lady Madonna 0 0%
Eight Days A Week 1 5.88%
Old Brown Shoe 0 0%
Ticket To Ride 0 0%
Birthday 0 0%
Other 2 11.76%
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 03:46 AM   #21
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None of which have anything to do with the riff...
Doesn't melody have something to do with a riff...
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 12:13 PM   #22
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Doesn't melody have something to do with a riff...
Ooooo, you meant the melody of the riff...? I thought you were talking about the melody of the song... ;)

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Ooooo, you meant the melody of the riff...? I thought you were talking about the melody of the song... ;)
Nah, the melody of the riff. Hence the 'bouncy and energetic'. I literally bounce every time I hear it.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 07:05 AM   #24
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Nah, the melody of the riff. Hence the 'bouncy and energetic'. I literally bounce every time I hear it.
It sure is bouncy and all. But it's also harder to sing along. The Day tripper riff is easier to sing or hum or shout and that makes it stronger imho.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 11:17 PM   #25
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It sure is bouncy and all. But it's also harder to sing along. The Day tripper riff is easier to sing or hum or shout and that makes it stronger imho.
Okay, you're right on that count. But strongness does not a riff make.
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Old Jun 17, 2009, 02:39 PM   #26
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I voted for Day Tripper

And I too Love Last Train To Clarksville!!
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Okay, you're right on that count. But strongness does not a riff make.
So the Day Tripper riff makes two melodies in addition to what the singers sing into the song, so how does that affect the middle 8 in the song.
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 04:36 AM   #29
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Where's Hey Bulldog? :o
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Surely "Lady Madonna" is a piano not a guitar riff?

I'm voting for the bass lines on "Taxman" and "Come Together".
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Surely "Lady Madonna" is a piano not a guitar riff?
Yeah it starts as a piano 'riff' if you can call it one, but then the guitar steps in after the first round at approx 45 seconds and sort of takes over during the song?.
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It's on side 1, track 4, of the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack.

There are 10 choices for a poll. I couldn't possibly include all of them.

The piano riff from "Lady Madonna" is not the same as the guitar riff in the song. The piano bounces around on a variation of the melody line. The song has a unique guitar riff making it a qualified entry on the above list. The bass actually plays the riff first, if you want to be technical about it.

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The piano riff from "Lady Madonna" is not the same as the guitar riff in the song. The piano bounces around on a variation of the melody line.
It is not the same, the piano is a variation bouncing both upwards and downwards on the key ladder where the guitar has a strong one way riff?

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I'd say the piano comes first
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It's a great bass line, I know that... especially in the middle 8s.

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"Old Brown Shoe" has got TWO riffs, actually! The main riff that accompanies the verses, and then that cool riff that goes along with, "When I grow up I'll be a singer wearing rings on every finger..".

Another great George riff song is "I Want To Tell You"... but there are just so many choices you can list on a poll!
alright i'm learning. thank you mr. hofner. i just so love that song old brown shoe, it really floors me.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 02:42 PM   #37
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My favorite guitar bit is the twangy guitar in "Words of Love".

So put me down for "other", I guess.
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My favorite guitar bit is the twangy guitar in "Words of Love".

So put me down for "other", I guess.
Figures you'd choose a riff written by Buddy Holly—and not one of the Beatles!



Of course, now... I can't get that riff outta my head!

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Day Tripper was the first "sophisticated" guitar riff I ever learned so I'm very partial to that riff. But I'm also of the opinion that it's derivative of Pretty Woman. I Feel Fine is also a great riff, but comes from someone else's work. Ticket To Ride and Paperback may be their most influential riffs, meaning I have heard them re-purposed most often over the years. Some of their greatest riffs are their most subtle. Devil in Her Heart, Dear Prudence, Lucy in The Sky, Mother Nature's Son, In My Life, Here Comes the Son. All absolutely signature. Frankly, I could go on all day. But I'm gonna cast my vote for "other" based on seeing McCartney's recent tributes to George. After opening Something w his ukulele and little vaudevillian style rendition, the lights come up and the band joins him w that monster riff and it's absolutely chill bumps inducing. Talk about beauty in simplicity.
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Figures you'd choose a riff written by Buddy Holly—and not one of the Beatles!
omg ... I'm such a dork. I knew "Words of Love" was a Buddy Holly song, of course, but I'd never actually heard him do it and so I didn't realize the Beatles lifted the guitar part straight from his version. I just now listened to Buddy on YouTube ... what the Beatles play is almost exactly the same, note-for-note.
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