Soundcheck Riffs

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  1. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Haven't done one in a while, when I was in a band that actually got soundchecks (that was 20 years ago mind you) we usually played the friest minute of Electric Eye by Judas Priest, good mix of single notes and chugging for an overall mix.
    I now play in a reggae band with nothing more than "Ok I hear you, next" soundchecks.
     
  2. TedEH

    TedEH Cromulent

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    I usually end up sound checking with the intro to Go Into the Water. :lol:
     
  3. leftyguitarjoe

    leftyguitarjoe Correct-handed

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    I just hit a note pretty hard over and over to get it over with.
     
  4. AlexCorriveau

    AlexCorriveau ESP obsessed

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    A chuggier version of the middle riff in Holy Wars. In the band where I play bass, it's usually the intro of King Nothing by Metallica. For vocals i just do random growls and Metalocalypse impressions.
     
  5. Alex Kenivel

    Alex Kenivel Psycho, dont engage

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    I strum all the strings through all volume levels, not fretting a single note
     
  6. NicePants

    NicePants ok

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    Free Bird or Raining Blood so then they have to yell something else in-between songs.
     
  7. youngthrasher9

    youngthrasher9 SS.org Regular

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    When Veil Of Maya was playing Summer Slaighter in SF, the guitar tech played the opening riff to Du Hast. We were into it.
     
  8. akinari

    akinari no change, only age

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    Back in the day when I tuned to drop D, it would always be something by Discordance Axis. Now I'm in Bb so it's Epiphany by Starkweather.
     
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    Cameron French SS.org Regular

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    The first riff in Omega by Periphery. It's all over the place — makes for a quick soundcheck =]
     
  10. Zombie13

    Zombie13 Guitartist

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    Intro riff from "Blind"
    Intro from "Duncan Hill Coffee Jingle"
    Intro from "Go Into The Water"
    Outro riff from "Domination"
    Intro riff from "Smooth Criminal" (Alien Ant Farm version)
    Intro riff from "Demanufacture"
    Saxophone part from "Careless Whispers"
    Intro from "Wicked Game"

    And most recently,
    "Pagan Fears"
    "I Am The Black Wizards"
    "Dead Skin Mask"
     
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    wheresthefbomb SS.org Regular

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    The intro riff to Earth's Pentastar.
     
  12. Science_Penguin

    Science_Penguin SS.org Regular

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    Recently, I've been doing the intro riff from Strung Out's 'Analog' when checking my distorted tone. It's a faster riff than we play in any of our songs, but I figure if it doesn't sound muddled, everything else should be good.
     
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    Jacksonluvr636 SS.org Regular

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    I used to always play the opening to Synthetically Revived by Suffocation because I loved that riff and it had a few different riff types that I played in some of our songs. Palm muted power chords, open barre chords and single string notes.

    A lot of times I will just do a quick run of a few different riffs. I always just try to cover as much ground as I can as quickly as I can when I sound check to give the sound guy a good range of what I will be doing.

    As far as catchy tune for a sound check, I do it sometimes. I do lean more towards just a quick run through of some different riff types but I think next time I play I will be sound checking with the opening to Nocturnal by The Black Dahlia Murder because I have been playing the crap out of that song and I love it.
     
  14. CircuitalPlacidity

    CircuitalPlacidity Carnivorous Jesus

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    I don't .... around. I get up there and throw him some chugs, a few ringing chords, some single line stuff, and we're good. 45 seconds to a minute max. I will be playing live with a new project soon where I'll be using cleans and distortion and am unsure how to handle that.
     
  15. jase

    jase SS.org Regular

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    Something really simple, just chugs and chords, octaves, etc. Anything simple, short and repetitive for the soundman to quickly dial in the EQ necessary for the guitar tone to the venue.

    But when I'm waiting around for the other members to set up, I like to play the main riff of Tool's 46&2, and the outro of Pantera's The Great Southern Trendkill.
     
  16. Tukaar

    Tukaar Bringer of DOOOOOOOM

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    Most soundguys like it when you play riffs with some chunk and sustained parts, so they can get an idea of the low end swing in your tone. My go-to is usually the breakdown in the last quarter or so of "Heaven In Her Arms" by Converge.
     

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