Riff Quotes


I love a good Slash guitar riff. It's sexy!

No one in the world can beat Ella Fitzgerald as a riff singer.

I think people will always love a heavy Sabbath riff because it's fundamental to rock.

Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them but they riff.

For me the music dictates the melody. Give me a riff to sing over you know?

When I need to nail that riff to the cross Marshall will always provide the hammer!

If you improvise a riff and the crowd immediately reacts to it you know you're on to something.

In OK Computer the guitar was already moving towards a tone generator as well as a riff generator.

When I write a song it's all about the riff - the riff first then the words come later.

One thing will lead to another and somebody will come up with a riff or a line or something we build from.

The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened. You want something unscripted something to riff on something kinda out there.

You would find in a lot of Zep stuff that the riff was the juggernaut that careered through and I worked the lyrics around this.

A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.

I think often times if a guitar riff is centered around the chorus or if it follows the chorus then it often times turns into the actual hook.

Songs are out there - they're waiting to be grabbed. I start with a phrase musical and lyrical words like 'I don't think so' and a nice riff. It rolls from there.

Well I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.

The first song that made me interested in music was 'Oh Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison. It was the guitar intro that riff that I really liked and made me listen in a different way.

Sometimes one of us will have a riff or a bass line from home but it really gels when we come together. We really have a strong special chemistry that we take advantage of when we get together.

Back In The Saddle' - I never realised what a good riff that was or at least how much it satisfied me. And when we play it live it comes across much better than I ever expected it to.

The main riff for 'SandMan' was just something I wrote one night.

I've never written jokes. I mean I'll write things on a piece of paper and riff on them onstage.

Life is like a great jazz riff. You sense the end the very moment you were wanting it to go on forever.

Once you understand that there's a spiritual math add soul to the science and subtract the riff-raff. 24-7-365 cause 9 to 5 ain't alive.

Those dogs of democrats and liberal riff-raff will see that we're the only chaps who haven't been stultified by the ghastly period of peace.

Every cool riff has already been written by Black Sabbath. You're either playing it faster or slower or backwards but they wrote it first.

When you have a clear idea of what your character is trying to accomplish it makes it a lot easier to riff on things.

Woodrell's storytelling is as melodic jangly and energetic as a good banjo riff.... Sammy Barlach's story is a tragedy but the telling of it is a pleasure.

It was Scotty Moore's guitar riff [in "I Want You I Need You I Love You"] when he was doing The Steve Allen Show that got me into rock music.

Everybody knows that Black Sabbath started everything and almost every single thing that people are playing today has already been done by Black Sabbath. They wrote every single good riff... ever.

I was just obsessed with soul singers who had these big powerful voices. I used to listen to Aretha Whitney Mariah and try and imitate them note for note and riff for riff.

The vocals are the very last thing I do. So it's kinda the opposite: with country. it's singing and guitar first but with rock I worry about the riff and music vocals last.

So that's the challenge for me and that has always been the challenge - finding that melody that riff that thing that just lights me up and makes me feel like it's Christmas.

I don't want you to play me a riff that's going to impress Joe Satriani; give me a riff that makes a kid want to go out and buy a guitar and learn to play.