Metallica and Rolling Stones Make Top Forbidden Guitar Store Riffs

04/04/2011
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(Gibson) "Absolutely, under no circumstances at all are customers allowed to play "Stairway to Heaven," "Sweet Child Of Mine," or "Smoke on the Water" while trying out guitars." Sign in the window of a music store on Denmark St, in England. Gibson takes a look at the Top 10 "forbidden" guitar store riffs. Here are a couple of highlights:

6. "Enter Sandman" Metallica: Some shoppers are compelled to play "Enter Sandman" because it's simple; others are drawn to the song's ominous vibe. Moreover, as metal riffs go, this one ranks among the most melodic. Lars Ulrich once aptly characterized "Enter Sandman" as a "one-riff" song, since all the parts emanate from Kirk Hammett's memorable lead pattern.

1."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones: It's a good thing it was Keith Richards who dreamed the riff for "Satisfaction." A less astute player might have laughed it off as child's play, rather than seeing it for the slice of minimalist brilliance that it is. Echoes of Richards' beloved Chuck Berry licks can be heard in those four simple notes. Many shoppers gussy up "Satisfaction" with their own personal flourishes, giving the lick an even greater wallop than it already has. Read the full list here

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