Good Riffs For Testing Out Gear?

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  1. ColorBlindJames

    ColorBlindJames Supporting Member

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    I am just a bedroom noodler, so most of my guitar playing over the last few years has just been improv soloing with a few chords thrown in for "structure."

    Not too long ago, I went to test out a new amp and realized that I don't really know any actual songs any more, so I have recently begun learning bits and pieces of songs that I like, which I think will come in handy for using when I test out gear in the future.

    My current tune of choice is Zeppelin's "Ten Years Gone."

    What do you play when testing out new gear?
     
  2. derekd

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    I alternate between Smoke on the Water and Stairway To Heaven.

    However, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee used to be my fav.
     
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    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    "Got A Line On You" by Spirit....works with clean amps, dirty amps, high gain amps...big A chords with good separation.
     
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    My two prong test is usually:
    1. Driver 8 by REM, intro and verse chords;
    2. Mississippi Queen
     
  5. Devnor

    Devnor Member

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    Guess it depends on the gear but its usually Love Gun or Black Diamond.
     
  6. sixty2strat

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    alright now is nice for hearing how defined the notes in a chord are with moderate breakup. I use it live to eq my old JMP's
     
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    the_rising Silver Supporting Member

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    I do those as well as a half-baked version of Little Wing.
    :p
     
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    Sheherezadeh Member

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    16th note quarters at 250 BPM...
     
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    I favour the following:

    The Wizard
    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
    I believe in a thing called love.
     
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    Crazy Train (just the initial riff over and over and over.....), usually with the timing slightly off.
     
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    And closing with a rousing rendition of Wagon Wheel for good measure? :)

    To answer the question, I play whatever happens to be in my head at the time.
     
  12. Lance

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    For cleans I like to play something probably none of you have ever heard of. Bad Hair by TGP's own Steve Kimock.

    For distorted testing, I again like lesser known material, like Pete Thorn's, Never Too Late. Or, Aristocrats, Sweaty Knockers.
     
  13. Bogner

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    Riffs you will be playing if and when you buy said gear.
     
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    I always play the intro to Def Leppard's 'High N Dry' or Hendrix version of 'Come On Part 1'.
     
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    coltrane riffs or blues for alice
     
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    Wind Cries Mary
    Lazy by Deep Purple
    Dig a Pony
    and whatever comes to mind
     
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    Thwap Silver Supporting Member

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    Just got paid-
    Snortin' whiskey
    Highway song
    Sad but true

    Depending on what I'm checking out, those pretty much cover it
     
  19. DarrenTD

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    I don't usually play riffs or tunes when testing new gear. I just noodle and make a lot of noise testing out how the gear responds to my vibrato, pick attack, sustain for faster runs etc.

    So to anyone who happens to overhear my squawking, unfinished phrases, and any lack of resolution, I apologize in advance. :)
     
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    This thread has inspired me to switch to Charlie Parker heads.

    Thanks, guys! ;)
     

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