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Best Beatles Guitar Riff
26 April 2010
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There are so many! I Feel Fine, Day Tripper, Hey Bulldog... I might need to give this one some thought.a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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5 June 2011
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Helter Skelter, the opening, or WMGGW. Surprised they haven't been mentioned.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

5 June 2011
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Hey Bulldog

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I Want You

Day Tripper

Helter Skelter

I Me Mine

Whole Lotta Love... oops wrong band.

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5 June 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 *zigs with lemonade*

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
5 June 2011
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And Your Bird Can Sing - nothing else like it has ever been written by anybody else - think about it.

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26 June 2011
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Just found this forum, and all the cool Beatle history/trivia. I'd tend to agree with all the choices in the thread so far (and man I think there are a lot of guitar treasures the lads got down on tape). I may have missed previous mention of it, but when I think of "Riff" as opposed to say, "guitar part," isn't the Paperback Writer intro/riff the driving LOUD guitar lick that most suits the notion of "riff" of all the guitars in the entire discography? Maybe in the entire sixties? Makes you wait for it to come back around again the way hungry kids wait for the ice cream truck.

Dirty story of a dirty man.

I just thought of the incredible three guitar outro on The End (I think that's the name of the song) on Abbey Road which is supposed to be John, Paul, and George having a friendly shootout, haven't noticed mention of that one in the thread either, I've always found that exchange to be very powerful from the first hard stabbing downstrokes till the rising piano/vocal ending starts with such an airy, contrasting feel. Actually, come to think of it, the gritty Paperback Writer riff is set off against the soaring vocal "paperback writer..." part that it follows within the song with a similar sort of contrasting tonality (timbre?).

26 June 2011
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The Anthology version of The End extends that part and makes it even more impressive. I agree with your comments on Paperback Writer.

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Hey welcome Mojo Filter! I'm Mith from Mexico and I hope you enjoy BBF. apple01 You can introduce yourself in here.

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26 June 2011
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The dual riffs in the coda to "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".  That and the white-noise generator always sends chills up my spine.apple01

16 July 2011
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1. Hey Bulldog

2. Helter Skelter

3. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

4. Paperback Writer

5. And Your Bird Can Sing

19 July 2011
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kelicopter said:

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I just thought the riff was to make it more romantic!

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McLennonSon said:

kelicopter said:

Something

I just thought the riff was to make it more romantic!

That doesn't make it a bad riff.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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mr. Sun king coming together said:

McLennonSon said:

kelicopter said:

Something

I just thought the riff was to make it more romantic!

That doesn't make it a bad riff.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 What he said.

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20 July 2011
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kelicopter said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

McLennonSon said:

kelicopter said:

Something

I just thought the riff was to make it more romantic!

That doesn't make it a bad riff.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 What he said.

OK, you know what? I was wrong. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15a-hard-days-night-ringo-15a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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Peter W. makes a good point about all the little guitar fills.

Even in their early years. The guitar in "I don't want to spoil the party" drove me to go electric back when. How about the solo on Nowhere Man? Dripping with electricity.

But I'd like to figure out how to play the guitar to And Your Bird Can Sing (keeping in mind all the forward-backwards stuff).

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