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5 KILLER RIFFS - Whitesnake 1987

Jun 09, 2021
Welcome back everyone today about five awesome

riffs

. Let's take a look at five incredible

riffs

from one of my favorite albums. Whitesnake's self-titled album from

1987

. I first heard Whitesnake on a compilation album I curiously bought. I also heard something from another life. favorite bands like sabotage and queens Reich on this same compilation was great it was an overnight song and I've never heard anything like this you know if you've been following the channel I love John Sykes but it was actually this song . That was the first thing that attracted me to his playing style. I also didn't realize it was the same guy who played on Thin Lizzy's Thunder and Lightning album until years later I fell in love with that song and went and got the album and you know, it blew me away, everything I liked about it.
5 killer riffs   whitesnake 1987
That whole era of music is kind of distilled into this album, so let's start with still in the night, a lot of people accuse this of being a copy of Led Zeppelin and well. You know, they're right that it's such a big, thick, swaggering piece of hard rock. I've distilled a couple of different riffs into a short little arrangement. That's not how the original song goes. Which is interesting. Also, someone pointed out to me a moment ago that this song is in sonata form, you have the blues part at the beginning and the big one at the end and you have the kind of really you.
5 killer riffs   whitesnake 1987

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5 killer riffs whitesnake 1987...

I know the emotional 80s ballad section in the middle, there's a riff in there, but I didn't appear on this. I really like that riff. Other than that, this is a quick little cover I put together with some of my favorite Still riffs. the night in contrast to that song which is kind of a Zeppelin inspired song. I really like the song a lot. Give me all your love tonight. It's just fun. It sounds like ZZ Top on steroids or ZZ Top on cocaine and Aqua Net. I know it's this kind of random thing on a minor, classic 80s crest and you have all these little dyads, you have the F minor thing built in, it's very fun and that's how it sounds with just guitar, bass and drums, the hardest thing to record was playing the bass with your fingers.
5 killer riffs   whitesnake 1987
I can't play bass with the sole of my finger to save my life, but I think he's Neal Murray on that album and a lot of that album was made great because of him. really nice, punchy bass lines, a great bassist and such an overlooked part of that whole album. Well, there were two songs on that album that were recycled from previous Whitesnake albums, obviously, here I go again, which was kind of a mega mega hit. I did the whole album globally, but there was crying in the rain, which is just one of the most daring riffs of all time.
5 killer riffs   whitesnake 1987
You have this kind of thing in E and you have the little descent like flat seven six flat six. What's happening if you know what I'm talking about with the intervals, basically, this big, big, wide vibrato, lots of pinched Taman. You know, a lot of people credit Zakk Wylde with being the original abuser of pinched harmonics, but I think John won out. I tapped into it a couple years ago, so crying in the rain is next and it's probably my favorite white sink riff of all time. It's a bad boys riff and this is the one that really influenced me the most as a riff rider and as a songwriter and you know there are so many great chords you have the classic that could be like an upgraded ac/dc or queen song but then you have this big song I call C Lydian, essentially it's C major. plus the sharp eleven plus the nine, it would look like this: you have the 3rd fret on the a string, the 4th fret on the D string, the open G, the 3rd fret of the B string on the open E string, and John also used that particular chord on a lot of the ballads like "This Love and Looking For Love" on that album.
I also heard that chord in a lot of Queensrÿche songs and that was one that I learned from this song and subsequently stole and use it all the time. You go and listen to the ragdoll song, you're embarrassed if you go and listen to the ragdoll song, could it be love? They're just great ballad chords, but the way he puts all this together and there's a lot of his kind. of double pick style later in the song with his, which he uses a lot and is actually quite difficult to do. It's really good to practice when you play riffs, so this is my favorite White Saint bad boys riff to round things out.
I think it's a super underrated song on this album, "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again." It's really interesting because it's in drop D and then there's a section with John or something else with double picking that I really struggle to play, but this is the one I went and learned years after experiencing this album for the first time. I always overlooked it and me and a group of friends did a tribute night where we played the entire

1987

album live and this was the last song I learned. I saved it for last and I was like, "Oh my God, this is so amazing, it basically reminds me a lot of if I were to write a Whitesnake song.
You know, if you've heard any of the ragdoll stuff, you know we do a lot. filling for dropsy". but then there's a lot of this 80s type elements, like if you take a song like let go or shine, my guitars go out of tune, or then ladies and gentlemen, however, this one was a lot of fun going back to the beginning. because I've copied so many Whitesnake songs in my riff writing, going back and learning this one and saying oh yeah, I probably should have learned this one because it brings all my favorite elements into one and it's definitely a riff that I wish I had written this because I'm going to get broken the heart again.
Thanks so much for tuning in, guys. I really hope you enjoyed the examples here. I really want to do five

killer

White Sink riffs as a general one at some point. If there are riffs you'd like me to include, let me know in the comments. I received a lot of comments on the last video. I liked this. What people said. I was talking too much, but as always, I really like putting all of these up. put things in context and talk about how they inspired me and how they continue to influence me so that hopefully they can inspire and influence you and you can learn them, analyze them, take out your favorite parts and use them to not only become a better player, but use them to bounce back and create your own style, that's always the goal of these types of videos for me anyway and a cheeky plug, if you like Whitesnake, go and check out my band's ragdoll.
I think you will really like it. I really like it, of course, I always mention this in all my videos. You can check the description of the video if you want to listen to it. Thanks for tuning in. I'll see you next time. I'm going to put this here. Also, because I know some of you are dying to have answers to these questions, I put the tape on my head sock because it's funny, it's a meme, and yes, the pickup selector is backwards. Finally I know that I probably play all these songs wrong, but they learned it by ear years ago, they just incorporated it, it's a lot of fun anyway, so sometimes when you try to learn a riff you might learn it really bad, but you write your own riff and that's a beautiful thing, also, take care of yourself. guy

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