Do you just scrap the riff or keep going with it if it not very popular?

Sometimes you play around and make basic riffs that you may put in a song then someone points out that they heard it by this band before.
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change it around a bit.

yep. and this happens all the time. if you cant change it around, sucks for you
dont take any guff from these bastards man

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i hear the same riff of may records

but they sound different because of people having different playing styles
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move all of it to a diff. key, or up one or 2 frets. eventually it'll start to sound the same.
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take it down a whole step give a meaner grind or maybe a third de-tuning opens alot of options or spice it up with bends or PH or trills happens to me all the time
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