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Smoke Riff


This is a really basic question, but is this right:

G Bb C G Bb Db C G Bb C B G

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That's what I found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Smoke_on_the_Water_riff.jpg but when I try to play it (only the top line), the last B sounds wrong to me. Should it be a B flat instead of a B?

p.s. I'm playing it on a piano, so don't try to explain it in guitar tab emoticon



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Re: Smoke Riff


Yes, you're right. It should be :-

G Bb C
G Bb Db C
G Bb C Bb G

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Re: Smoke Riff


The tab in that image file is correct, but the staff notation is missing a flat.

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Re: Smoke Riff


Ah excellent, thank you.

I'm actually amazed that my (non-musical) ears picked that out. I was hesitant to ask the question because I was sure I would be wrong.

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Re: Smoke Riff


Actually I am pretty sure the notes are correct - it is indeed a Bb that should be played, but in standard notation if you put a flat or a sharp sign before a note in a certain measure, than that sign applies to all the same notes in the same measure...so it would be a flat B anyway, because the flat sign appeared two chords earlier on the previous B. If the second B would not be flat, then another sign (of which I can't find the symbol on my keyboard) would have to be added to the second note to nullify the previous flat. Hope this is not too confused of an explanation.
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That makes sense. Thanks

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Thanks mtb, I didn't know that.



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Re: Smoke Riff


the key is upstrokes on the diads and hitting the G bass notes in between each.

btw did you know RB initially played Smoke in the 9th position?, ie on the bottom 3 strings.
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