#1
How do you write a good simple guitar riff without making it sound too much like another song? I keep trying, but they usually end up really lame and boring.
#2

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#4
Comes with time - pick a scale and make a riff. Everyone is different, but i always come up with riffs in my head, i try to translate that onto the guitar. Another little tip is to use the same riff but in a variety of ways. Say u create a riff in C major, try and transpose it to other keys - sometimes it can sound very cool.
#5
find one cool riff. find anther. merge them together. wallah.
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#6
depends what kind of sound you're looking for, what genre, and how complex you want it to be. A lot of the time something simple or pentatonic based works, try experimenting with effects too.
#7
you cant try, they just happen. i think the best way to do it is to jam with people, just improvising stuff, and eventually a cool riff will come out of it. but ive never sat down and tried to write a riff and just wrote one, thats impossible
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#8
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These are all songs that really sound like no other and thats just because they have weird use of scales and timeing so take that into consideration.
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#10
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Not really, I do it all the time


well of course, you CAN sit down and write a riff, but are they really good? good enough to get stuck in peoples heads? probably not. my band writes a lot of stuff on the fly, and the stuff that people like the most, is stuff that we came up with randomly. when i say like, i mean people walking around humming the riff. thats when you know its a good riff
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Fender Standard Tele (with kill-switch)
PRS SE Custom
Fender Hot Rod Deville
Boss DD-3 Delay
Boss GE-7 Eq
Boss DS-1 distortion
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff
Boss CS-3 Compression
Digitech Whammy
Dunlop ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature wah