Breaking It Down: What Makes a Great Riff?

what makes a great riff

It can be just a couple of notes, but you’re hooked. A great riff is the very essence of an “earworm.” It gets in your head and won’t leave — though (mostly) in a good way.

Admit it: you’re thinking of a handful of ’em right now.

In this next episode of their new “Breaking It Down” podcast, pro musicians John Montagna and Jeff Ganz strap on their instruments and unleash a blizzard of classic riffs upon each other — trading them, and analyzing what makes them so great. And they cover A LOT of ground, too: rock, pop, R&B, jazz, standards and even classical.

The next step is yours. Let us know your favorite riffs, as Volume Two of “Riff Pong” awaits…

Listen below — or on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher. (Other platforms, like Spotify, are coming soon.)

P.S. Click here to hear Episode 1 of Breaking It Down which examines the contributions of bassist James Jamerson.

Other Posts You Might Like

0 comments on “Breaking It Down: What Makes a Great Riff?

Leave a Reply (and please be kind!)

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Love the Beatles? Get this eBook FREE when you subscribe.

It turns out there's a lot to say. Just say "yes" to get yours.