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December 19, 2012 7:30 PM   Subscribe

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll). A continuous stream of popular guitar riffs in a single take, sync'ed to tablature. Made with soundslice.
posted by stp123 (29 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice! Soundslice still amazes me, wish I was a guitar player and could use it.
posted by mathowie at 7:43 PM on December 19, 2012


The walk down to "Walk This Way" using "Sweet Home Alabama" is great. This makes me want to fix my Telecaster and buy a proper practice amp.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:45 PM on December 19, 2012


Previously, but the synced tab adds a heck of a lot for terrible guitarists such as myself.
posted by sandswipe at 7:45 PM on December 19, 2012


Oh man, I forgot that "What Difference Does It Make" was in this video! Shoulda been "This Charming Man" but whatever THE SMITHS
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:49 PM on December 19, 2012


I just want to point out that the programmer behind Soundslice is mefi's Adrian Holovaty who together with mefi's Jacob Kaplan-Moss created Django without which my life would be much less interesting.
posted by signal at 7:49 PM on December 19, 2012


I'm an amateur guitarist, and I'm bewildered by such talent. I try to play just a single riff, and if it's going well, I get about halfway through it and start thinking, "It's going well!" and then in my excitement I lose focus and screw it up.

Really enjoyed this! Thanks! Great changes between riffs, not only smoothly transitioning from one to the next, but changing time signatures, too, and also changing tones/distortion effects as required (via foot pedals, I suppose). And detuning the low E string for a few riffs, then tuning it back, without missing a beat!

Van Halen to the Smiths. Never thought I'd see that transition.

Weak criticism: Johnny Ramone would have mocked him for not playing all downstrokes in Blitzkrieg Bop.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 8:18 PM on December 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Nice, and rather thrilling for a non-musician like me, but no Pixies? Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

(But I did yelp in delight when What Difference Does It Make showed up. Forgiven! Mostly.)
posted by maudlin at 8:20 PM on December 19, 2012


Also, I keep forgetting how involved the hook from "Cruel" is.

And was there a Television riff in there? If not, why was there no Television riff that's even worse than ignoring Pixies aaaaargh
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:24 PM on December 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Awesome. If this had only been around twenty years ago... my Mom wouldn't have had to hear Smoke On The Water SO MANY TIMES.
posted by mrbill at 8:38 PM on December 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


What a blast, even though around 60 I only got one in eight.
I am compelled to note that "Pictures of Matchstick Men" is by Status Quo in 1967, and merely a Camper cover. Otherwise, carry on.
posted by cccorlew at 9:00 PM on December 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


And was there a Television riff in there?

At first I was all, "no Marquee Moon?!?" but then I realized that you really need two guitars for that.
posted by Crane Shot at 9:00 PM on December 19, 2012


This was awesome. Thank you.
posted by gauche at 9:08 PM on December 19, 2012


Many of these aren't really "riffs". The "Fortunate Son", one, for instance—you'd recognize it as from that song, but it's not a riff.
posted by kenko at 9:10 PM on December 19, 2012


Well, I learned something: "Pipeline" wasn't originally by the Ventures, as I'd always thought, but by the Chantays, who I'd never hear of til now.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:23 PM on December 19, 2012


A bit of pedantry: Paranoid is played at the 12th fret.

Soundslice looks awesome. Transcriptions scrolled in time, slow down, and looping specific sections pretty much covers all the bases. I hope they branch out to supporting offline use.
posted by ignignokt at 9:43 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


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Fuck you, web designers.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:48 PM on December 19, 2012


Gone are the days of ASCII art approximations.

That video was awesome, but I can't help feeling a little sad about this.
posted by klausman at 10:12 PM on December 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Finally, I can play Charlie Bit Me at home!
posted by threeants at 11:01 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fuck you, web designers.

You're probably upset it doesn't run on your WebTV? Also, given that this is a pretty audio-video heavy site, that "hi there" is probably from the developers more than the designers.
posted by thedaniel at 2:01 AM on December 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


A bit of pedantry: Paranoid is played at the 12th fret.

... using melted-down plastic caps on the end of your fingers; fingers from which you must first remove the tips in an industrial accident.
posted by colie at 3:10 AM on December 20, 2012 [6 favorites]


Made it through the 80s with no Iron Maiden? Deary me.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:14 AM on December 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


This guy is clearly immensely talented, but what's really interesting is to hear him play a few of the riffs obviously wrong, with bits out of time or just plain misplayed, and then launch into a tremendously complicated riff not only without a flaw but with a flourish.

Which is to say that obviously he knows some of these cold, and some of them were afterthoughts that he either learned for the video or just didn't know very well, which makes the thing that much more impressive.

(Also how wrong do some of those sound with the jangly Strat?!)
posted by uncleozzy at 5:19 AM on December 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I was wishing for some pedal b4 long meself.
posted by Twang at 5:28 AM on December 20, 2012


No "God Save The Queen" or "Sweet Jane"?
posted by Pericles at 5:56 AM on December 20, 2012


Freaking awesome. And fer chrissakes, if you're bummed he missed a riff, Soundslice it yourself!
posted by kgasmart at 6:46 AM on December 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ok, now for banjo please. k thx bai!
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:52 AM on December 20, 2012


Well that's pretty good and all but this right here is made of awesome.
posted by wabbittwax at 9:41 AM on December 20, 2012


what's really interesting is to hear him play a few of the riffs obviously wrong, with bits out of time or just plain misplayed

Did that for both "Back in Black" and "Crazy Train" - because I thought "I know those, I can play those, and he left notes out".
posted by mrbill at 10:10 AM on December 20, 2012


And fer chrissakes, if you're bummed he missed a riff, Soundslice it yourself!

The chant of the Open Sourcers: I recognize it. I think we can be critics without being creators. I also felt distracted by rip-rip-rip-rip-whatdafuck? Really though, like one in twenty: Long Jacket was the last one that was phrased strangely and phrasing was really the only problem. All notes? There. Nicely put together.

timlwhite needs to be keelhauled for his notes, however.

First time I've rubbed up against Soundslice: seems promising. The half speed clips make me feel that I'm on some bad shit or something...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:09 AM on December 20, 2012


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