STUDY 2 Creating Riff and Hooks
This section deals with the creation of strong riffs, and we’re restricting our variables to notes from the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) and rhythmic values based around quarter (crotchet), eighth (quaver) and eighth-note rest values. Obviously, in the real world we need not be so prescriptive but for learning purposes, ‘hand- cuff’ exercises such as these can be productive and rewarding. Your task is to go on to create riffs/hooks using the same process. Notice the change in dynamics and feel between the first and second repetition, where we shift from palm-muted to an open tone.