Old 10-13-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Hey all, long time no see.

A couple weeks back I challenged all my guitar playing friends on facebook to write a new riff each day for one week, and then post daily videos or audio clips. I started the challenge yesterday, two riffs down, five to go. I'm going to post links to them here in case anyone might be interested.

If anyone wants to pick up the glove, feel free! Rules are simple: one new riff every day, any genre you like, no fancy video or sound quality required. I chose to use drums and bass but you don't have to.

Day one

Day two

Day three

Day four

Day five

Day six

Day seven
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:20 PM   #3
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:41 AM   #4
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Third riff is now up.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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Great stuff, Day 3 very reminiscent of Summerland by King's X.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:24 AM   #6
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Fun idea.. Might help get out of writers funk too. Ill try to participate if i can get a little time
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:49 AM   #7
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Fourth riff is up!
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Old 10-15-2015, 06:07 AM   #8
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They're all fucking awesome!
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+1 Setting the bar pretty high there C, I might post something soon, good reason for me to practice more, cheers.
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:39 AM   #10
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hunhh1r8i...Y_MDG.mp3?dl=0

Banged this 2 part riff out on a cheap strat copy, sounds pretty rough but I was using it to warm up and write the riff, wound up hitting the record button while it was under the fingers...
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:04 PM   #11
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Thanks guys!

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+1 Setting the bar pretty high there C
Other people have commented the same but I felt that I needed to come up with stuff I can stand for. If I were to just bang out a few random power chords over a 4/4 the challenge wouldn't be very... challenging you know?

It's entirely up to you how elaborate (or not) you want to make your submissions. The only requirements are 1 new riff per day, everything else is completely up to your discretion.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hunhh1r8i...Y_MDG.mp3?dl=0

Banged this 2 part riff out on a cheap strat copy, sounds pretty rough but I was using it to warm up and write the riff, wound up hitting the record button while it was under the fingers...
Nice one! Keep 'em coming and good luck!
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:33 AM   #12
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Riff five is up. Only two to go!
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:23 PM   #13
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I reeeeally like your stuff! Unfortunately I'm really busy this week and the next, I'd really like to participate... Is this valid only for this week or we can do it whenever we want and refer to this thread?
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Is this valid only for this week or we can do it whenever we want and refer to this thread?
No no, you can do it whenever you want!
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:47 PM   #15
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/wb91awn4on....1MDG.mp3?dl=0

A bit late, and rushed too. This riff will work up good later on prolly...

Its the cheap strat copy again! -My LP doesnt like the detuned E stg thing atm, makes 1st fret buzz.
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:21 AM   #16
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Riff six is up. Only one to go.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:15 AM   #17
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You are treating us to some fine riffage, sir!
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You are treating us to some fine riffage, sir!
Thank you!
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:26 PM   #19
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/x53z4n48os...G%203.mp3?dl=0

Another one a bit on the rough side
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Morgon: I'd love to hear those with a fuller instrumentation, particularly drums!
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Old 10-18-2015, 05:44 AM   #21
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Thanks, I'll most likely do that in the near future, prolly those riffs not grid exact so I kinda postponed the drum/bass trks temporarily.

And thanks for posting those great riffs, they make me want to play.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:21 AM   #22
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Seventh riff is up -- done!
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:55 PM   #23
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started this a couple weeks ago when this thread was active, but then got derailed on another project. decided today it needed to be finished, so here it tis! went a little crazy in the video editor... ha.

love this idea. Cerendir, thanks for starting and love all the riffs to date. i know there are many guitarists floating through here, so let's hear em' boys!!!

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Old 10-31-2015, 06:19 AM   #24
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Cerendir: I enjoyed listening to these.

I think this type of exercise is great for creativity in the studio.

Maybe just the primacy effect but Riff 1 was my favourite - reminiscent of 90's era Tony Iommi.

My rock chops are dusty but Im inspired to dig the Mikro out..
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:09 AM   #25
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Hey all, I'm doing another RADC!

Day one

Day two
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Day three
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Damn good riffage guys!!!
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This is entirely subjective and just on my going off my own musical taste. I really feel this riff has great potential. I love the notes at the beginning of it, the first two(dah, dah, dah dah dahs) but I don't ilke the way each cycle ends. It starts off melodic and interesting but the way it sticks with the same note speed to complete the riff made it less destinctive and more like a dream theater, math rock clone. But judging by the the sound that's probably what you are into anyway!
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This is entirely subjective and just on my going off my own musical taste. I really feel this riff has great potential. I love the notes at the beginning of it, the first two(dah, dah, dah dah dahs) but I don't ilke the way each cycle ends. It starts off melodic and interesting but the way it sticks with the same note speed to complete the riff made it less destinctive and more like a dream theater, math rock clone. But judging by the the sound that's probably what you are into anyway!
Haha, definitely see what you mean. The thing to keep in mind here is that I'm restricting myself to just a few hours for 1) coming up with, 2) refining and 3) recording each riff. The day 3 riff was just a simple 7/8 pattern transformed into a longer part through transposition, reptetition and variation. But yeah, it's still just a string of 8th notes.

With that said...

Day four

I'll have to come up with something more laid back and simplistic tomorrow because these prog metal riffs eat up too much of my time...
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Haha, definitely see what you mean. The thing to keep in mind here is that I'm restricting myself to just a few hours for 1) coming up with, 2) refining and 3) recording each riff. The day 3 riff was just a simple 7/8 pattern transformed into a longer part through transposition, reptetition and variation. But yeah, it's still just a string of 8th notes.

With that said...

Day four

I'll have to come up with something more laid back and simplistic tomorrow because these prog metal riffs eat up too much of my time...
Don't worry, I'd definitely kept that in mind, but I thought if people point out bits that jump out at them, you could use that as a guide to which riffs to revisit and make full songs out of.
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Don't worry, I'd definitely kept that in mind, but I thought if people point out bits that jump out at them, you could use that as a guide to which riffs to revisit and make full songs out of.
Good thinking, and thanks for the heads up

Also, Day 5 and Day 6 are now up.
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Seventh and final riff. Glove thrown down. Anyone feel like picking it up?
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:07 AM   #33
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Cheers, I guess the Riff a Day concept suffers a bit from: that bunch of days maybe isn't convenient for everyone in amongst whatever else is happening, musically or otherwise. It's a good concept though, a positive motivational thing. Your latest are +1 also. That Arabian sounding riff, #4 I think, that's a great metal treatment of that sound/style.

I could post lots of riffs that were done on one day and consecutive days, but I've already got so much stuff to fix mixwise + tracking that I need to consolidate a bit. Then there's those boxes of old 4 track! Aargh!

The following is an example of that, done quite recently, the lot written/recorded, done in a couple of hours but still has the original rough mix -


https://soundcloud.com/user-75039506...ardell/s-aHNTl
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