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Best Beatles Guitar Riff
21 May 2015
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Overlooked for years at last I appreciate this early song……..For it’s riffs. Drums ‘riffs’ harmonica riffs……Dramatic guitar riffs the whole bleeding caboodle…Come together in this early ditty.

 

The Lads first Orbison impression wasn’t right……..George Martin sent them off with some homework to do. They handed this in next day! A+   

Now like Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk on By’ you cannot change this song in any other way to make it better. 

 

7 June 2015
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Two of Us has a catchy little riff much like Here Comes The Sun

Come Together is awesome because the Paul plays the sky scraping bass riff at the same time that John plays a simple blues lick…

The best part of the Day Tripper riff is they know everyone’s thinking “why are the Beatles spoofing Satisfaction by the Stones?!” so they have the lyrics start out with “gotta good reason for taking the easy way out” which just sort of said “we’re the Beatles and we do whatever the you-know-what we want so if you thought your riff was cool we’re gonna show you a real rocking riff while singing about getting all the satisfaction we want by using drugs in the middle of the day!” That was my take anyway, who knows what it actually meant.

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Let’s keep this going.

 

The intro to I Me Mine with guitar & keyboard is just awesome!

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the one at the beginning of Octopus’s Garden is also great.

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I guess it’s more a lick than a riff, but that really catchy bit near the end of Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey , where the bass and the guitar play the same thing… That’s definitely one of my favourites. But there are so many incredible Beatles riffs, it’s hard to say which I like best.

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True, true! 

I congratulate you, @Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^<, for having the tenacity to type out that entire title. apple01 a-hard-days-night-george-10

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For future reference I decided to make a list of all their riffs I could think of. And by riffs I’m meaning short repeated phrases like that of Day Tripper .

Day Tripper , Paperback Writer , What You’re Doing

Birthday , Everybody’s Got, Eight Days A Week

You Can’t Do That , Ticket To Ride , I Feel Fine

And Your Bird, Hello Goodbye , In My Life

Getting Better , I’ve Got A Feeling , Revolution

I Want You, Helter Skelter , Hey Bulldog

If you can think of any others then please post them.

As for a ranking:

1. Paperback Writer 2. What You’re Doing 3. Ticket To Ride

4. Hey Bulldog 5. Day Tripper 6. And Your Bird

7. I Want You 8. Everybody’s Got 9. I Feel Fine

10. Eight Days A Week  

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Here’s a list of guitar riffs, it’s hard to determine what’s a riff and what’s a lick and what’s a lead:

Please Please Me :

I Saw Her Standing There (George, Gretsch Duo Jet )

E7 (xxx434)

G|4p2p0-0-|
D|——-2-2|

Anna (Go To Him) (George, Gretsch Duo Jet )

Please Please Me (George, Gibson J-160E plugged in)

(xx14xx12) (xx13xx11) (xx11xx9) (xx9xx7) (xx11xx9) (xx9xx7) (xx6xx4)

Twist And Shout (George, Gretsch Duo Jet )

D|——7———–|
A|—455-5-7——|
E|57—-33555555|

With The Beatles :

It Won’t Be Long (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

D|21——-|
A|—42—-|
E|——3b0|

Till There Was You (George, Ramirez Classical)

Money (That’s What I Want) (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

A Hard Day’s Night :

I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (John and George, Rickenbacker 325 and Rickenbacker 360/12)

C#m (x46654) F#m (244222) G#m (466444)

And I Love Her (George, Ramirez Classical)

D|-21–21-|
A|2–42–2|

I’ll Cry Instead (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

E|2/3| G (xx543x) E|3| C (xx555x)

You Can’t Do That (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

G|-4-34–3-3-34|
D|5-5—5-5-5—|

I’ll Be Back (George, Ramirez Classical)

B|–5|
G|-4-|
D|4–|

A (x02220)

or

Am (x02210)

Beatles For Sale :

Baby’s In Black (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

B|2–2——|
G|4b4br2–|
D|——–42|

I’ll Follow The Sun (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

B|1-1-3-3-1-1-1-1-|
G|-0-0-0-0-2-2-0-0|
D|2-2-0-0-2-2-2-2-|

Kansas City (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

G (xx543x) C (xx555x) D (xx777x) C (xx555x)

Words Of Love (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

A (x02220) D (xx0232) E (022100)

What You’re Doing (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

Help !:

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (George, Framus Hootenanny)

Ticket To Ride (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

E|-0—–0|
B|–2–0–|
G|2–2—-|

Act Naturally (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

It’s Only Love (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

G|5420-|
D|—–2|

Dizzy Miss Lizzy (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

B|12b12b12b12br1012br10|

Rubber Soul :

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (John, Gibson J-160E)

Nowhere Man (George, Fender Stratocaster)

B|0—–|
G|-21–|
D|—-2-|
A|—–2|

The Word (John, Fender Stratocaster)

A|53—-3|
E|—535-|

I’m Looking Through You (Paul, Epiphone Casino)

In My Life (George, Fender Stratocaster)

If I Needed Someone (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

Run For Your Life (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

Revolver :

Taxman (Paul, Epiphone Casino)

G|-7—–5|
D|—-57–|
A|5-5—–|

Doctor Robert (John, Gretsch Nashville)

A7 (5756xx) Asus4 (5777xx)

I Want To Tell You (George, Fender Stratocaster)

Got To Get You Into My Life (George, Fender Stratocaster)

A|—53-375|
E|15—5—-|

Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band:

Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Paul, Fender Esquire)

Getting Better (George, Epiphone Casino)

Fixing A Hole (George, Fender Stratocaster)

Magical Mystery Tour :

Hello Goodbye (George, Epiphone Casino)

Yellow Submarine :

Hey Bulldog (George, Gibson SG)

It’s All Too Much (John, Epiphone Casino)

The Beatles:

Dear Prudence (John, Epiphone Casino and Gibson J-160E)

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Paul, Martin D-28)

Wild Honey Pie (Paul, Martin D-28)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Eric, Gibson Les Paul)

Birthday (John and George, Epiphone Casino and Gibson Les Paul)

Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (George, Gibson SG)

Helter Skelter (Paul, Fender Esquire)

Abbey Road :

Come Together (John, Epiphone Casino)

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (George, Gibson Les Paul)

Because (John, Epiphone Casino)

Sun King (George, Fender Telecaster)

Polythene Pam (John and George, Framus Hootenanny and Gibson Les Paul)

Let It Be :

Two Of Us (Paul, Martin D-28)

Dig A Pony (John and George, Epiphone Casino and Fender Telecaster)

Dig It (George, Fender Telecaster)

I’ve Got A Feeling (George, Fender Telecaster)

Get Back (John, Epiphone Casino)

Past Masters :

From Me To You (George, Gibson J-160E)

She Loves You (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

I Want To Hold Your Hand (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

This Boy (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

I Call Your Name (George, Rickenbacker 360/12)

Slow Down (George, Gretsch Country Gentleman)

I Feel Fine (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

Day Tripper (George, Gretsch Tennessean)

Paperback Writer (Paul, Epiphone Casino)

Lady Madonna (John and George, Epiphone Casino and Gibson SG)

Revolution (John and George, Epiphone Casino and Fender Stratocaster)

Don’t Let Me Down (George, Fender Telecaster)

Old Brown Shoe (George, Fender Telecaster)

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Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Day Tripper , Back in the U.S.S.R.

Special mention to The End though – I could listen to those riffs forever. 

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Clapton uses the Day Tripper riff in What I’d Say off of John Mayall’s album Bluesbreakers.

Steven Stills flashes it on the Buffalo Springfield song Baby Don’t Scold Me, which was excluded from the stereo release after the inclusion of the single For What It’s Worth on the remixed stereo debut.

So yeah, Day Tripper is probably the most genius and iconic riff in The Beatles’ catalog.

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sir walter raleigh said
Clapton uses the Day Tripper riff in What I’d Say off of John Mayall’s album Bluesbreakers.

Steven Stills flashes it on the Buffalo Springfield song Baby Don’t Scold Me, which was excluded from the stereo release after the inclusion of the single For What It’s Worth on the remixed stereo debut.

So yeah, Day Tripper is probably the most genius and iconic riff in The Beatles’ catalog.

Other places the “Day Tripper ” riff shows up: Roxy Music’s “Remake/Remodel” (bassist plays it once near the end, when every bandmember takes a 2-bar solo), Yes’ cover of “Every Little Thing ” (guitar plays it once just before the vocal begins) and April Wine’s “I Like To Rock” (simultaneous with two other guitars playing the Stones’ “Satisfaction” and the “I Like To Rock” riff itself)

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