Keith Richard's Fingers Remember Riffs

The Rolling Stones guitarist says he can't remember any of their old songs, but the muscle memory in his fingers seem to manage anyway.

Keith Richard's Fingers Remember Riffs
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The Rolling Stones have made the incredible achievement of lasting 50 years as a band. Keith Richards says it's easy to forget songs they wrote years ago, but many guitarists will relate to how his muscle memory seems to remember all the classic riffs for him. After fumbling around for the first few bars, Keith says "the fingers remember even if you don't. I don't practice as much as I should, probably. But now that we're putting the act together again, I'm getting the chops back together." The Stones are yet to reveal their plans for a 50th anniversary celebration, but the band are expected to perform again with a special event, with rumors that they'll be releasing new material which could be produced by Jack White. Last week, Mick Jagger said he expects the band to put something together by "this autumn." "There's things in the works," said Richards. "There's nothing final. We've had a couple of rehearsals lately I think it's definitely happening, but when, I can't say." An extra bonus for fans could be the rumored documentary, though the film is yet to be officially announced.

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    Shuei5
    Wow... I would feel a little insulted if the media made news out of the fact that I can actually remember my riffs... "Hey, he's not senile yet!". Every guitar player knows the feeling when riffs you've played many times comes natural...
    jannick
    cptcomet wrote: Does he think he's special in being able to do this? This is something that every guitarist does..
    he DID point out that many guitarist would relate to it. dont bash keith. you... you.. BASHER!
    RDSElite
    Shuei5 wrote: Wow... I would feel a little insulted if the media made news out of the fact that I can actually remember my riffs... "Hey, he's not senile yet!". Every guitar player knows the feeling when riffs you've played many times comes natural...
    And not just guitarists, it's same for every musician. What the hell UG, what's up next week? Portnoy's limbs remember drum parts?
    risk182
    Well, this is one of the main qualities every experienced guitarist possesses.
    skild sic
    man all you haters suck the stones are a paved road of all that is rock and you guys wanna diss cause its a small article...i think its more interesting than linkin park coming out wit another shitty album
    millarso
    RDSElite wrote: Shuei5 wrote: Wow... I would feel a little insulted if the media made news out of the fact that I can actually remember my riffs... "Hey, he's not senile yet!". Every guitar player knows the feeling when riffs you've played many times comes natural... And not just guitarists, it's same for every musician. What the hell UG, what's up next week? Portnoy's limbs remember drum parts?
    With UG, it would be more along the lines of "Portnoy's limbs remember Dream Theater drum parts, and he blogs about the internal pain that this causes him". A little long though.
    Loaded91
    I think this is cool. Just interesting reading what Keith says himself. Sorry if I'm not goo enough for you "experts". I'd rather a little article like this than a random nme vote that just makes everyone on this website b*tch
    mschup27
    jrodgers wrote: RichieJovie wrote: helps that 90 % are the same riff Not to bash on the Stones, they'll always be the s***.... but lets be honest. Keith recycled the Brown Sugar riff about 300 times
    Ya when you've been playing and writing in the same band for 50 years, that may happen. And to his credit, he really sort of pioneered riffing in open G. That's really just his style. I don't think the Stones are nearly as guilty as ACDC of recycling riffs.
    rockstar2be
    "IT'S KEEF .DAMN IT . YOU KNOW IF HE GAVE US HIS RECIPE FOR CORNBREAD YOU'D READ IT" AMEN!!!
    cptcomet
    Does he think he's special in being able to do this? This is something that every guitarist does..
    jrodgers
    RichieJovie wrote: helps that 90 % are the same riff
    Not to bash on the Stones, they'll always be the s***.... but lets be honest. Keith recycled the Brown Sugar riff about 300 times
    TunerAddict
    The Rolling Stones made more legendary songs then every metal band in the history of the world combined made decent songs.
    RGallagherFan
    p_a_morgan wrote: Are there any Stones fans left?
    19 years old and a proud Stones fan. Heard all their albums and I love them.
    jonawil
    let's see how well ya'll can play at 70... rock on Keith and keep rollin
    rollinstone
    Just because Keith doesn't play your sh*t thrash metal doesn't mean you should bash him for being old and forgetting his riffs, because believe me, all your precious metal players were bowing at his feet when they started playing.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Its kinda cool when you actually notice this yourself. Like when I learn a riff, I have trouble showing someone else how to do it. My fingers just know where to go even when I don't.
    yappapie
    Yes,more than you may think,and to those who diss Keith,you suck ass.Keith is Rock'NRoll,even at his age!
    aldogia
    Keith doesnt remember alot these days. haha. He is still f**ing awesome though.
    stonedhippos
    ...slow new day i think i left a better news article in a warm, brown pile in the toilet.
    zalant
    gkex wrote: I believe this is a new level of obvious.
    and POWWEEERRR!
    Miyagi84
    What kind of article is this? There has to be something better to talk about Ultimate guitar... seriously.
    INSULIN
    IT'S KEEF .DAM IT . YOU KNOW IF HE CAME US HIS RECIPE FOR CORNBREAD YOU'D READ IT
    skild sic
    hey now rollinstone just cause some people like thrash doesnt mean they dont appriceate the stones or the beatles or the monkeys or even sinatra.....plz dont down metalheads most arent that stupid...just agree with whats goin on i konw i do i am a big fan of megadeth metallica and trivium and alot of other thrasht metal band but i still appriciate what the stones did back in the 50's and 60's and still to this day appearently dont down metal heads cause the true metal heads wouldnt down you
    kinslayerSOA
    Captin obvious is obvious. I do the same. Picked up my guitar to play a Firewind song for the first time in about 6 months, muscle memory meant I 'remembered' it. Therefore, I am at the same level as Keith Richards. YES.
    Helloween_rox
    I actually want to go see them if they come around philly. These guys are going to die before they retire haha
    haygoe
    p_a_morgan wrote: Are there any Stones fans left?
    yea their a bunch of old hippies!!! also why the bashing
    BUTCHY13
    I wish my fingers remembered riffs. Maybe that's why I'm crap at playing guitar:-(
    TunerAddict
    skild sic wrote: hey now rollinstone just cause some people like thrash doesnt mean they dont appriceate the stones or the beatles or the monkeys or even sinatra.....plz dont down metalheads most arent that stupid...just agree with whats goin on i konw i do i am a big fan of megadeth metallica and trivium and alot of other thrasht metal band but i still appriciate what the stones did back in the 50's and 60's and still to this day appearently dont down metal heads cause the true metal heads wouldnt down you
    50s and 60s? The Stones played their first gig in 62', which is why 2012 is the 50th anniversary. Their best years were the late 60s and early to mid 70s, although they've released great albums up into the 2000s.
    Factor13x
    Oh, Alzheimer's where is thy.....wait I forgot what I was....why am I here....oh well my fingers remember cuz my brain cant after all the drugs
    kmister
    Haha I read "Keith Richard's Fingers" and half expected it to be another Keith Richards & David Bowie moment.
    swave75
    The Stones are okay. But whatever new material they make it will be bland.