TakeLessons Challenges Readers To Test Their Guitar Riff Knowledge

TakeLessons, the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, challenged readers to test their knowledge about the top guitar riffs that changed rock and roll history.

Online PR News – 05-January-2012 – – It’s hard to imagine the rock and roll world without Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – its instantly recognizable intro, the mid-song guitar solo – Rolling Stone magazine even included it on its list of 40 Greatest Songs that Changed the World. So it’s no surprise that Slash – the man who penned that world-changing riff that starts the song – is being recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Guitar International.

TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to share a list of the top 5 guitar riffs of all time, challenging blog readers to test their rock and roll knowledge.

The following is an excerpt from the list, courtesy of Gibson.com:

"1. “Back in Black,” AC/DC (1980)
Angus Young channeled the rock and roll gods when he conjured the opening riff for the title track to AC/DC’s Back in Black album. The song was their way of paying tribute to the band’s fallen singer, Bon Scott. Three staccato-hard, crunchy chords – E, D, A – then a sliding, bending scale back down to E. The riff is unique, bone-crushing, and it instantly grabs your attention.

2. “Iron Man,” Black Sabbath (1970)
Sinister, menacing and filled with foreboding, “Iron Man” remains, for many, the heaviest heavy metal riff of all time. In 2008, Tony Iommi told Gibson.com that the riff came to him during a rehearsal. “It was one of those occasions when I said, ‘I’ve got a riff, I’ll come up with something.’ Then I just built it … it just sort of happened.” Adding to the riff’s power is the fact that Ozzy Osbourne chose to double the guitar part with his vocal, an approach the singer often took with Sabbath songs. Hearing the riff for the first time, Osbourne remarked that it sounded “like a big iron bloke walking about.” So dark were “Iron Man” and other Sabbath riff-rockers, early critics often overlooked the melodic power at their core. Black Sabbath were in fact huge Beatles fans who simply wanted to give their material a frightening twist. “It was something different,” Iommi said, “something about supernatural things.”

3. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin (1969)
Jimmy Page can claim more than a few of the greatest riffs in rock, and Led Zeppelin fans will always debate which one is the best. But none packs more swagger than the riff that drives “Whole Lotta Love.” Page played the heavy blues riff on his Sunburst ’59 Les Paul Standard, although there’s some debate as to where and when the riff originated. Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones said it came out of an in-concert jam for “Dazed and Confused” and other sources attribute it to another concert improvisation, but Page has claimed that it was one of the riffs he wrote during rehearsals for Led Zeppelin II. The song became an instant classic and was performed at every subsequent Zeppelin gig (often as the closer)."

By sharing the list with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also read about tools for guitarists, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

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