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    What is your favorite acoustic guitar riff?

    This question came to mind as I was listening to mine the other day.

    My favorite acoustic guitar riff is from Bob Seger's song Night Moves. If I learned to play guitar that would have to be the first song I learned. A not so distant second place is the guitar riff from ELO's song Fire On High.

    It's funny how you don't think you are getting old until you mention some one like Bob Seger and people say, who? I mean Seger was huge when I was a kid. I wore the grooves off Night Moves, Live Bullet and Stranger In Town. I guess my parents made similar statements about whoever it was they had on their 45's or 8-tracks.

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    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here. Is there any other???


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    A couple:

    Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower"
    Led Zeppelin, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
    ELO, "Fire on High"
    Joe Walsh, "Life's Been Good"
    Crack the Sky, "Nuclear Apathy" (the intro and outro part on the studio album, Safety in Numbers)
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    Aic

    Alice In Chains "Jar Of Flies" has some good riffs, tunes like "Rotten Apple", "Nutshell", and "No Excuses" come to mind.

    What about some Neil Young stuff??

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    A couple:

    Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower"
    Led Zeppelin, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
    ELO, "Fire on High"
    Joe Walsh, "Life's Been Good"
    Crack the Sky, "Nuclear Apathy" (the intro and outro part on the studio album, Safety in Numbers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by N. Abstentia
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here. Is there any other???

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    Comfortably Numb - very cool.

    A little less know is Extreme's "Midnight Express". One of the coolest acoustical songs I have ever heard.

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    I'll also add 'Legal Kill' by King's X. Beautiful song!

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    Salamander- Jethro Tull
    Hide Your Love Away- The Beatles
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    How about Rush's

    By-Tor And The Snow Dog? The live version from All the World's a Stage.
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    OOPS again

    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    By-Tor And The Snow Dog? The live version from All the World's a Stage.
    Please ignore me. I completely missed the "acoustic" part of this post. I like Spanish fly from VH's second record/CD. Also a few from Yes. The names of which elude me for now.
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    Kyuss - Space Cadet

    what a great, trippy tune

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    This question came to mind as I was listening to mine the other day.

    My favorite acoustic guitar riff is from Bob Seger's song Night Moves. If I learned to play guitar that would have to be the first song I learned. A not so distant second place is the guitar riff from ELO's song Fire On High.

    It's funny how you don't think you are getting old until you mention some one like Bob Seger and people say, who? I mean Seger was huge when I was a kid. I wore the grooves off Night Moves, Live Bullet and Stranger In Town. I guess my parents made similar statements about whoever it was they had on their 45's or 8-tracks.

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    Queensryche - Silent Lucidity.

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    Metallica - "Fade to Black" intro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duds
    What about some Neil Young stuff??
    Yeah! "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (I think that's the acoustic one, not to be confused with "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"
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    Violent Femmes - "Blister in the Sun"

    if you're in your 30's, this is one of "our" songs...

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    Nice!!!

    What about "Comes a Time" and "Sugar Mountain"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
    Yeah! "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (I think that's the acoustic one, not to be confused with "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"

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    Two that jump right to mind are "Oh, Comely" - Neutral Milk Hotel because it's so personal and epic and intense and "New Slang" - The Shins just 'cause it's so damn catchy.

    I could probably list 1,000 of these without much effort
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    Yeah, once you put your mind to it several do come to memory. I can't think of the name but what about the hit song from Days of The New, Pure Prairie League "Amy", Beatles "Norwegian Wood", or even Queens "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". The Everly Brothers "Wake Up Little Suzie". The acoustic part in the Who's "Pinball Wizard". These all could be on my list some where but definitely below the songs on my original post.

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    "Pinball Wizard'--The Who
    'Hey You'--Pink Floyd
    'Hotel California'--The Eagles
    'Love on a Farmboy's Wages'--XTC
    'Broon's Bane/The Trees'-Rush

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    Lindsey Buckingham "Big Love" on the Fleetwood Mac "The Dance" DVD.

    Possibly one of the best "Rock" acoustic guitar performances ever recorded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duds
    Alice In Chains "Jar Of Flies" has some good riffs, tunes like "Rotten Apple", "Nutshell", and "No Excuses" come to mind.

    What about some Neil Young stuff??
    Alice In Chains "Unplugged" is one of my favorite music DVDs. Great acoustic work on that recording.
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    Can't pick just one track

    Michael Hedges
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    Acoustic Alchemy
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    Otmar Liebert

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    No offense Mr. Peabody, but Night Moves is one of the...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    This question came to mind as I was listening to mine the other day.

    My favorite acoustic guitar riff is from Bob Seger's song Night Moves. If I learned to play guitar that would have to be the first song I learned. A not so distant second place is the guitar riff from ELO's song Fire On High.

    It's funny how you don't think you are getting old until you mention some one like Bob Seger and people say, who? I mean Seger was huge when I was a kid. I wore the grooves off Night Moves, Live Bullet and Stranger In Town. I guess my parents made similar statements about whoever it was they had on their 45's or 8-tracks.
    easist acoustic songs that you will find. It's basically 3 chords, ok, maybe 4 or 5 if I remember correctly, but if you learn to play guitar, you could get this down in a few quick sessions since G, F, and C is a fairly easy progression. I think he throws in an E minor somewhere. If I had my guitar handy I could tell you for sure. Hey, some of my favorite songs are easy to play, so whatever you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    easist acoustic songs that you will find. It's basically 3 chords, ok, maybe 4 or 5 if I remember correctly, but if you learn to play guitar, you could get this down in a few quick sessions since G, F, and C is a fairly easy progression. I think he throws in an E minor somewhere. If I had my guitar handy I could tell you for sure. Hey, some of my favorite songs are easy to play, so whatever you like.

    Swish
    I'm a sucker for acoustic guitar in rock. The first that comes to mind...

    Buddy Holly "Well Allright!"

    others...
    The Smiths "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
    The Cure "In Between Days"
    The Jam "That's Entertainment"
    Aztec Camera "Oblivious"
    Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees"
    Tom Petty "Free Falling"

    Led Zeppelin has a few too..."Ramble On" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" come easily to mind.
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    I'd be lying if I didn't admit that "Hotel California" from "Hell Freezes Over" didn't come first to mind. It's stuck in my head now, so I'll have to go home and watch the DVD (again) tonight.

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