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riff

riff

Date: Aug 25 2016

Themes: Celebrity, Hobbies, Music

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I’ve always been a really big fan of Bruno…. He can do anything, literally singing the best vocals you’ve ever heard live in your life while he is playing a drum or a bass or doing some mad percussion riff. I think he definitely will be the biggest, biggest, biggest artist in the world.

—Singer-songwriter Adele, speaking about one of her favorite musicians Bruno Mars. (Vogue)

Definition

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musical phrase; improvised part of a song

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There are good musicians, and then there are great musicians. A good musician can play a song with good style and form. They can repeat this almost perfectly and make it enjoyable to listen to every time. However, a great musician can do more than this. A great musician is an artist who can take a musical idea and make something new and wonderful out of it each time they play it. They can create unique riffs as well as play the same riff perfectly any time.

A riff is a musical phrase. People can talk about their favorite rock-n-roll riffs. For example, in Led Zeppelin’s famous song Stairway to Heaven, there are many popular guitar riffs. On the other hand, riff can also mean a unique, improvised section of music. A great musician may never play the same riff twice, but they will probably play the same song with slightly different riffs. The singer-songwriter Adele thinks that Bruno Mars is the best musician. She thinks that he can play awesome original music on almost any instrument.

What is your favorite musical riff? Do you know someone who can improvise new musical riffs?

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“I like the guitar riff in Pearl Jam’s latest song. I want to learn how to play it.”

“That was a great riff. Do you think you can play it again?”

“I love listening to Dizzy Gillespie’s classic jazz riffs.”

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no1bell

no1bell

China

I’m not good at any musical instruments, but I love singing and listening pop songs.I do envy these genius musicians bringing our lives very good things.

07:10 PM Aug 25 2016 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t have any favorite riff and there is no friend around me to play riff.

09:25 AM Aug 25 2016 |

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buttafly

buttafly

Germany

There are so many great riffs out there. If I had to pick one – it definitely would be one of the most epic guitar riffs of our time. ” Bad to the Bone” George Thorogood at his best. 


It was actually my brother, younger by 7 years, who introduced me to the riff. Naturally, he knocked my socks off when I watched and listened for the first time!

04:42 AM Aug 25 2016 |

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Olga90Super Member!

Russian Federation

it is the short repeated musical fragment

12:11 AM Aug 25 2016 |

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