Can You Name These Five Riffs By Hearing Just One Note?

Can you tell what a riff is by hearing just the first note? That’s what Robert Baker wants to know. In the video above, he serves up five famous riffs. While you can see him play the riffs in their entirety, you get to hear only the first note. See how well you score.

You may know Robert from his lesson videos, many of which we’ve published here, including “How to Steal a Lick and Make It Your Own” and “Five Things That Could Be Holding Back Your Playing.”

For more of his lessons and videos, be sure to check out his YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.