SOMETIMES THERE’S MORE TO NAILING a classic riff than simply playing the
right notes at the right time, because all
guitarists inject their own unique X Factor,
a “feel” thing that can be difficult to capture
in print. Case in point: David Gilmour’s
iconic main riff from Pink Floyd’s “Money,”
which certainly isn’t hard to navigate once
you learn the correct sequence of notes,
but proves that how you play a riff is just as
important as which notes you play.
Ex. 1 depicts how this shuffle-eighth-based
figure in 7/4 typically appears in
print, but even though all of the notes
shown are correct, playing the riff this
way will sound stiff and slightly anemic.
Why? Listen closely to the original studio
recording from Dark Side of the Moon and
you’ll discover that Gilmour—consciously
or not—adds numerous “ghosted” artifacts
between the actual notes he’s playing to
bring the riff to life.
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