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Aug 18, 2021 - 4:17:10 AM
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1219 posts since 1/25/2017

The typical focus by bluegrass players is on "licks." There's not much use, if any, of "riffs." A lick is a phrase or flourish transferable from song to song. A riff is a passage that defines a single song - setting a feel and usually repeating throughout.

This version of Waymore's Blues, in the key of D, features a riff that starts with a F note (2nd string) bent up to a F# and descending to F (4th string). F is the b3 of the D scale which puts it in the classic blues scale.


Aug 18, 2021 - 5:34:16 AM
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6206 posts since 6/30/2020

Good post Simon.
As a blues player (on guitar for over 50 years and more recently on banjo) I always enjoy a nice rendition of just about any blues based song.
Thanks again
P-A-L

Aug 18, 2021 - 5:23:13 PM
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lanemb

USA

214 posts since 3/11/2018

You are sounding great Simon!

Aug 18, 2021 - 5:44:58 PM
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3596 posts since 9/12/2016

It could be a signature lick but not the generic variety. Put it together with a few other cats playing recurring signature fills and bask in the groove

Aug 19, 2021 - 4:36:01 AM

1219 posts since 1/25/2017

There are numerous rock guitar riffs that immediately identify the song. Smoke On The Water, La Grange, Day Tripper, etc. I used the riff from Sunshine of Your Love in the second instrumental break on the video.

Banjo riffs? The tuner phrase in Earl's Breakdown would seem to be one. Are there others?

Aug 19, 2021 - 5:26:23 AM

3596 posts since 9/12/2016

six white horses comes to my foggy mind

Aug 19, 2021 - 6:12:02 AM
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Lew H

USA

2669 posts since 3/10/2008

Very nice picking and singing!   Sometimes I try to do blues with clawhammer picking--or downstroke at least. It has felt like a lonesome but rewarding challenge.  I've done a couple blues songs that Muddy Waters recorded. I will repost Mojo Workin' here. I had worked up the riff in this, but had no song for it to go in, but Mojo Workin' works. Muddy's riff for Rollin' and Tumblin' is easy to simulate on the banjo, but I didn't upload it here. Maybe later.


Edited by - Lew H on 08/19/2021 06:13:29

Aug 19, 2021 - 9:31:05 AM

1219 posts since 1/25/2017

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Originally posted by Lew H

Very nice picking and singing!   Sometimes I try to do blues with clawhammer picking--or downstroke at least. It has felt like a lonesome but rewarding challenge.  I've done a couple blues songs that Muddy Waters recorded. I will repost Mojo Workin' here. I had worked up the riff in this, but had no song for it to go in, but Mojo Workin' works. Muddy's riff for Rollin' and Tumblin' is easy to simulate on the banjo, but I didn't upload it here. Maybe later.


hey thanks for sharing ! absolutely cool adaptation and performance...

Sep 10, 2021 - 12:18:10 PM
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1219 posts since 1/25/2017

Here's another song with an original riff that I used throughout.

Sep 14, 2021 - 8:42:57 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1441 posts since 11/6/2008

Great riffs, sounds good on banjo...
I used some banjo riffs on my tunes, like this


Sep 14, 2021 - 5:35:09 PM

1219 posts since 1/25/2017

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Originally posted by banjopaolo

Great riffs, sounds good on banjo...
I used some banjo riffs on my tunes, like this


That is a fine piece of music !

Sep 16, 2021 - 4:50:55 PM

1219 posts since 1/25/2017

The inspiration for this song came along late one Saturday in early October at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Athens, Alabama. I tried to give it a riff similar to what you might hear on a Motown album from the late 60's.

If you are offended by nubile young ladies with hula hoops you might want to pass.


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