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[EPIC RIFFS] The Riff That Defined Rock 'n Roll
- Published on Mar 26, 2023 veröffentlicht
- We look at Rock 'n Roll's most iconic guitar riff!
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I was blessed to see Chuck at an airport on his last tour. I saw an old gentleman with a funny hat, just sitting on a corner like just anybody, instead of being praised as the absolutely mythical rock&roll god that he was. I asked for a picture and he was the sweetest. He and his staff seemed quite surprised that a 20yo kid had recognized him. So, for a moment, I could hold one of the very hands that forged rock.
you never know he might have gave you his powers
@Jim Shorts I’d say serving three years in prison would slow anyone down…
@David Smith The story about Chuck Berrys fist landing on Keith Richards chin is pure rock'n'roll stuff. There should be a video somewhere on this 'tube where Keith tells the story. With a smile and giving Chuck credit for everything. Theres an excellent video somewhere here (or on YT Music) from a birthday gig for Chuck, where they play "Nadine", and if i recall correctly it was backstage at that event that Chuck nearly knocked out Keith. Search for the interview of Keith video, and the "Nadine" gig video and you shall be well rewarded!
You guys aren't ready for that yet, but your kids are gonna love it.
Yeah, and, knowing how marginalized Berry was through most of his later career and now seeing it done at *the beginning,* don't you want to find the bozos (Zemeckis and Gale, to be precise) who wrote that sequence and pop them one in the mouth like George does to Biff? Maybe even every July 3. (The film's release date)
@Ken Smith I guess the kids did, indeed, love it.
Ah yes, I remember hearing it the first time. It was at a school dance in 1955. Some weird new kid went crazy on the guitar. Then he dissapeared and I wouldnt see him for another 30 years. Weird. ;)
Better stick to Earth Angel
Unbelievable lesson. The lighting, the clever editing, the insert sections, the guitar, the tone, the detail and clarity of the lesson. Quite simply the best guitar tutorial I’ve ever seen. Perfect.
@moosic2i I think he did a good job. Even Chuck Berry himself didn't play it as well as this in the live videos I've seen!
@moosic2i ok hater
All that maybe true, but why does it sound so frickin lame weak & compressed compared to the original recording. No grit no rock n roll no balls!
Man, that spin around edit where the guitar changes was literally PERFECT 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Edit: ok Paul, you have become a full on editing wizard. I’m honestly blown away at the quality of your videos!
that was so perfect.....
@Jon Snow It's the frame after the first guitar is no longer visible. Givaways are Pauls right finger and the inlay on the edge of the guitar body. It's quite masterful!
i cant even see a cut ?
Amen to that
Been analysing that edit since I finished watching the video. Very smooth!
Genuine rock royalty. Chuck might be responsible for inspiring more people to play guitar than any human that has ever lived. ... and if he didn't inspire you directly, there's a good chance he inspired the guy that inspired you.
Chuck was the REAL king of rock ‘n roll
I grew up in St Louis. My band played Mississippi Nights in 94. We actually played Johnny B Good with Chuck Berry in the side seats chillin. I found this out later and was mortified we even tried to play it in front of him! He never said a word to us. :)
You missed the chance of a lifetime brother
Having a hard time deciding what I like more: the contents or the presentation. You're killing it in both!
Fucking crazy, guitars ane riffs are fine, who the hell is editing??
Don’t tell me you do it all by yourself apart from teaching 100s of students daily and being a husband.
I would feel pity of me not being able to manage 10% of what you are.
Crazy work man!!!!!
Huge fan from India 🇮🇳
Watching this man grow over the years has been incredible. The evolution of Paul's film making has been remarkable. He is definitely setting the standards for guitar content. Look at how far the film making has come clip-share.net/video/PonqAuhgxjk/video.html
sir inke channel se hi sikh leta hu 😂 btw really learn a lot from both
I was literally just thinking the same thing. This is in another level. Amazing
Yes he does, and in between making this awesome work I used to see him in our local supermarket buying groceries like ordinary lazy and struggling mortals like myself, amazing..
Came for the riffs stayed for the flawless editing 🤯
As usual, finding a way to teach a guitar player how to fish…now not only can we play this riff, but Paul is providing insight to simple ideas that give us a way to make this music truly influential in our own playing. Thanks Paul!
This tune never gets old. I specifically love the fills he does between the “go johnny go, go” parts
I vividly remember the first time I heard this riff made me smile like a mad woman when I was only a 9 year old girl, exactly the way you played it in that intro brought back the same emotions and feeling of happiness, gotta say I love it.
That Johnny B. Goode opening riff sends shivers down my spine. Rock 'n' Roll perfection.
Your camera work and editing skills are just as good as your guitar playing!
It's so easy to just accept the song as a great tune, but it's groundbreaking, genius, and inspired millions to pick up the guitar and play. Such an important piece of history
I've purchased your electric and acoustic courses, but I still feel the need to say thank you for these amazing, artistic, entertaining, and immensely helpful lessons you post here too.
The way you blend your love of music and filmmaking together is truly incredible. Love your content!
i love how much fun paul has with his videos... its just so fun to watch over and over again
Another excellent demonstrative video. Johnny B Good has been one of my life time favorites. I used to tell people that Chuck Berry is the true King of rock and roll music and they didn't understand. As far as I know, the song School Days is the first time that this style of music was called rock and roll (1957). "Hail, hail, rock and roll, deliver me from the days of old." Thanx Mr. Davids
@ Kevin Knight ~ My admiration of Chuck’s music knows no bounds, but he was not the ONLY King of Rock and Roll.
Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis were also pioneers. But one thing is for sure: Chuck Berry
WAS AND STILL IS Rock And Roll Guitar. No Chuck? No Stones, no Beatles, no rock and roll guitar. It’s really the elec-
tric guitar that finalized the phenomenon of Rock And Roll for the masses.
You do a great job of explaining and showing a complete amateur how to play guitar with all the nuances of what makes a great guitarist, love your approach and willingness to share
Yeah for a real iconic riff you went the distance with this lesson. I really appreciate the break down. Thank you fantastic lesson! Must watch! 100%
Been following Paul since his early Clip-Share days, and man his production has gone next level. So nice to see him absolutely slaying it.
on top of all your talents, your video editing skills and creativity are off the chart!
One of the greatest guitar lessons ever recorded by me. A wealth of knowledge both execution and theory conveyed by a master player and teacher. Study this and practice!
Your videos are just amazing. Not only is the content (and the content structure) top notch, I also really love your approach to teach. It's entertaining and extremely focussed at the same time. You have such an easy-to-grasp way of explaining things, and you share so much insight. Also your voice, the colors, the lighting, the editing, your flawless English (although you're apparently not an Englisch native speaker), and of course your insanely tasty, smooth guitar tone are simply unparalleled! Really easy on the eye and on the ear. Your videos are like meditation and music lessons in one. Doesn't get better than this. Thank you for doing this!
Oh, by the way. Coincidently, I watched a couple of Johnny B. Goode lessons on Clip-Share just recently. Not one of them even got close to yours, as far as quality and learning effect go. 👏🏻
Man this guys videos are impressive. You dont even need to play guitar to enjoy his content 👏👏
I would really like to thank you for all the excellent content you have put onto Clip-Share. You have re ignited my interest in my guitar. It no longer sits in the corner being ignored except for the odd sing along session at family gatherings, and is now played almost every day for hours on end as I explore the seemingly endless new ideas that your videos have opened up for me.You have shown me what I thought was impossible for me to achieve to be well within my reach
I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to the level of musical skill that I can finally understand most of this
Long time Paul Davids fans will know that this is not the first tutorial video on this particular song.
But I'm happy that he's revisited it because not only has his guitar playing skills gotten better and his videography skill have gotten better, but his teaching skills have gotten better too.
Like a perfect circle. Keep it up Paul. Hope you revisit other songs you've covered before as well.
That transition for the guitars on the intro is flawless 🔥
this is exactly the music theory refreshment I needed and it goes along with the riff that I'm learning
Damn! The ultimate breakdown of the ultimate riff. A masterpiece!
Always quality videos with plenty of great content you truly make learning the guitar easy
Paul, your contributions to the guitar playing community are invaluable. I wish I could have watched this 30 yrs ago. God bless you
Woah the production on this video is another level compared to what you usually put out. Great job man!
Wow! Paul your videos are sublime. The quality of your work is in my opinion the best on the internet! We are so fortunate to have you!
We really don't deserve this quality on youtube. Awesome video!
It's incredible seeing a breakdown like this (incredibly good!)...but what blows my mind is Chuck, when he wrote this would have just played it how he felt it, right?...with no thought of mixolydian/blue notes etc. It's amazing seeing songs reverse engineered like this.
your editing and transitions are amazing. It probably takes awhile but I guarantee it keeps people watching so it's worth it!
You had me from the intro... well done!
The lesson is great, and I realize I've been half-assing it for far too long.
The editing and video production is really next level. Brava, and well done!
Thank you, Paul 🙏
I’ve half assed it so long ... I’m not sure I can break my
Bad habits !!! But as a St .Louis native , I’m going to relearn it correctly as a tribute to Chuck !
Btw ... the last album he recorded has been released ... at age 94 . It is ! outstanding
As a rock listener, this was a cool video for me to at least understand what those with the six strins are capable of. Bravo.
Outstanding job Paul. Once again you have outdone yourself. BRAVO!!!!
Still so impressed, not just by your musical knowledge and talent but also by the insane quality of your videos. Keep up the good work en blijf rocken Paul!
Your lessons have always been great and entertaining, but your editing and creative have really gone up several levels! Really enhancing your great story telling!! Awesome job!!
I am continually impressed with this channel. Your level of ability Paul is Outstanding!
That transition is soo awesome
Great video. You are my favorite musician on Clip-Share! I am glad you are succeeding.
The editing in this made me smile so much. So well done!
Woooow... You are getting better and every next video speaks for itself in terms of editing and sound and light... Master!
Paul this is easily the best video I've seen on this page! Transcription and analysis, context, and true teaching! This is what guitar players need more of on the Clip-Share's!!!
The first 30 seconds of this is wonderfully put together. Such attention to detail.
Your videos are getting more impressive! Kudos, man 👏🏾👏🏾💪🏾
Your videos are amazing! It is rare to come across someone who actually puts effort into their content, great job, dude! I am still a beginner guitarist, meaning I intake very little from those videos, however - I still love watching them!
Genuinely highest production quality for a music Clip-Share channel. Just discovered you, subscribed.
Lot of work went into making this video, I can tell, well done Paul.
Chuck Berry, from all accounts, was a difficult man to be around (and to play with) but he was a friggin' genius, musically. Johhny B Goode is still one of the greatest songs ever written imho. Thanks Paul, this was exceptional!
@Jett Crash yes, he did a version but it predates him as well. I’ve heard the 1929 recording. It’s a piano intro that’s note for note for the Berry version. Which makes sense as it was Berry’s piano player who came up with all of those Berry guitar intros.
@Bill Door it’s actually from Louis Jordan’s 1946 song Ain’t that just like a woman (they’ll do it every time).
Actual, the intro to Johnny B Goode is note for note from a piano riff from 1929. In fact most of his riffs were written by his piano player.
Your video editing is outstanding! Of course, your teaching is amazing, that along with the videography, makes these videos some of the best content on Clip-Share!
EPIC intro! 😂🤙🏽
Dear Paul, thank you very much for your great work!! This video was at the same time very instructive, very funny and very entertaining. I absolutely love it and wish you all the best!!
Best Johnny B. Goode into tutorial ever. A full musical analysis of this bit. And the video effect was very cool, too. Two thumbs up! 👍 👍
Maybe the best video you have ever produced by in terms of quality and content. Bravo !!!
Tus videos son de una calidad estetica y creativa sin limites! Felicitaciones amigo youtuber!
How was that guitar transition so clean?!?
Wow I'm revisiting this song this weekend. Love how he captures the nuances of this classic . Great work Awesome guitar.
Very smooth transition on that guitar change.. like a magic with no editing..
I watching the first 15 seconds at least 10 times. That was the smoothest transition I've ever seen in my life. Masterful.
Your best video ever made Paul, congrats! Unbelievable editing!
Breaking down one of the most iconic riffs ever in such detail and style is "next level" stuff!
Man, absolutely love it!!! Such a sick and funny way to teach the greats. Much love from Chile🇨🇱
This was so good. Loved the editing in the transitions. Thanks Paul!
FINALLY after 20 years I understood where were the wrong notes I was playing!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!
You're a genius at making theory fun! Great channel
Wow! There's a lot more to that riff than seems apparent from listening to it. I've heard that song a million times, or so I thought.
Thanks for breaking it down. 😊👍🎸
Yeah man. I’m paused on the frame grab and you’re hold an acoustic. The speaking with yourself bit was pretty great. This is extremely well done.
been playing this song 8 years and can't believe how many notes i've been missing
Very educational, entertaining, and beautifully edited. Truly art.
Great explanation of a song that sounds simple and is anything but. Video editing is AMAZING!!
I have to hobbies... The guitar and fotography and you combine both by making guitar videos that are just satisfying to watch. Great work being done here!
Dude, your videos keep getting better. Amazing teacher, and great player.
Hi Paul. I take immense joy in your videos and I feel I'm really learning something from them - big thank you for that! One small request: When you break up a longer passage like this, could you restate the bits real quick before you move on to explaining them? It'd help us folks with poor memory, but I think that it would also help reinforce the following explanation in a musical way?
at 3:55 we went from the most iconic blues/rock n' roll riff straight to smoke on the water and i love it
Looks like who ever edits Paul' videos learned how to make a smooooooooth transition. Especially that intro with the guitar switch. I can watch that on loop all day.
EDIT: WHAT THE HELL? I played the guitar switch transition at 0.25x but it still looks so smooth!
Great job combining the blues notes and mixolydian into an iconic riff that helped to define rock n' roll !
This was a great video. Thank you. Chuck Berry never gets enough credit in my opinion. The true King of Rock n Roll.
Somehow I was not subscribed even after watching a ton of your videos. Am now. Quality content.
These videos are so well put together. Brilliant stuff!
Paul, you are one with the universe. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Inspirational greatness!!
Watched the whole thing just for the theory insights. I don't even intend to learn this for a while but it was useful to see all these strategies actually used in a song!!
The first lead lick I ever learned (after House Of The Rising Sun) back around 1976 or so. Being able to play that seemed to really put me ahead of my peers. Funny thing though ... I never tried to copy Chuck. My inspiration was the Johnny Winter And Live version. An album that I would still call one of my "desert island" picks. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Thank you for putting such amazing vibes into the universe.
I love that you take the time to explain the reasons why it is played the way it is.. it makes it so much easier to catch on. Thank you Paul, 🙏
Wow great production on this one Paul!!
Fun to watch!
I'm following your channel for quite some time now and must say that THIS video is not only very educating, but also amazingly composed. Keep it up and thank you for your hard work. :)
Oh man fantastic video! Just love everything about it! 😍👏👏👏
Glad you took the time to get back to those incredible video editing ideas 👌
You analyze every single note and details of a riff.. This really deserves big respect. But I really wonder if the composer really thought (or planned) all those nuances while composing or just made it up by improvisation..
Anyone else not able to get over how flawless that guitar change edit in the beginning is?
This man still suprises me with his edits its amazing !!!!!!
Awesome. Beautiful guitar too! Thanks for breaking down all of the elements that are in play when I listen and groove to this riff.
That Gibson is a work of art it is stunning! Great video once again Paul!
Masterful lighting there - Who'd ever guess that Paul hails from the land of Rembrandt, Terbrugghen and Vermeer! I like how the honeycombed light reflecting off the guitar complements the pattern of yet another classic Davids waffled jumper!
moosic21 ~ Seriously? This is probably the best tutorial on the JBG intro I’ve seen. And I grew up with Chuck Berry’s
music. I think your criticism is misplaced, but that’s just me …
Yeah, it's a pity Paul has'nt paid as much attention to the actual sound of the music he's trying to explain. Where's the grit, the energy not this over produced compressed muzak!
I love that rock n roll riffs..awesome Paul..Thanks for all your tutorial videos..ive learned a lot..