“The guitar riff is dying out”: New survey suggests the ‘majority’ of music fans believe the riff is on its way out

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Earlier this month, UK’s Sky Arts channel aired its newest music documentary – a three-part series titled Greatest Guitar Riffs, which sought to explore some of the greatest feats of electric guitar riffery, with the help of some famous faces.

Notably, Tony Iommi, Nancy Wilson, Andy Summers and Brian May all featured throughout the series, and offered their own expert insights into some of history’s standout riff moments.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.