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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break

    I can name that tune in X notes

    There used to be a tv game show called 'Name That Tune' where contestants would bid against each other to name tunes in the fewest notes. The host would first read a small clue about the song and the studio band would play the first 3 or 4 or 5 notes (or however many the contestant bet on) of the song. The fewer the notes the more important the clue became. Contestants would occasionally correctly guess songs hearing only 1 note.

    Last night driving back from downtown I had the classic rock station on the radio and played in impropmtu game of 'name that tune' with my passengers after I shouted out the Beatles 'Hard Days Night' after hearing only the first chord (I'll bet many of you could probably identify that tune based on the opening chord). Gets me to thinking, though, about how many other tunes are readily identifiable with only one note (or chord). I'll bet several here could probably identify AC/DC's 'Back in the Black' with only hearing the three quiet drum beats (not even technically 'notes') that preceed the opening guitar riff.

    What songs do you think you could identify hearing only the first note or two?

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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Hang on Sloopy...land
    Lots of classic rock songs are identifiable with very few notes... same can be said for any late 80's / early 90's songs.

    November Rain
    Safety Dance
    A land Down Under
    Back in Black
    Jack and Diane
    Sweet Home Alabama
    My Generation
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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Land of Confusion
    Most of my favorite songs..

    Metallica- 'Ride the Lightning' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
    Led Zeppelin- 'When the levee breaks', 'Ramble On'
    Skynyrd- 'Gimme Back my Bullets', 'Simple man'
    Tool- 'Prison Sex', 'H'

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    Cyburbian HomerJ's avatar
    Dec 2010
    I'm gettin' there
    I only need to hear a couple intro hits by Bonham on the snare and I know it's "Moby Dick"
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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    I used to love that show.

    In my music class in middle school our teacher would let us watch that show on Fridays towards the end of the semester.

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    Cyburbian Veloise's avatar
    May 2004
    Grand Rapids, Michigan (Detroit ex-pat since 2004)

    "Old Time Rock & Roll"

    When I play DJ at a party, that first riff brings 'em to their feet.

    Ba da da da da da da dum ... eight eighth notes.

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    Cyburbian Seabishop's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Rock of Ages - Def Lepard

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    I can name Also Spach Zarathustra pretty quick
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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    Blog entries
    Most people can easily recognize Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" from the opening drum beats, but the band can throw off casual fans with "Lord of the Thighs", an album track the band sometimes plays at concerts that has a very similar opening drum beat. And for the record, this song actually predated "Walk This Way" by a year. In concert and also on a few live records, it's funny to hear the roaring response it gets from casual fans who instantly think it's "Walk This Way" and then how quickly the reaction dies off once people realize it's not the song they thought it was.

    But I can definitely tell the difference pretty quickly, and I can also identify most other songs by all my favorite hard rock artists (listing them all would be far too long), and even some pop and country songs as well. For example, I can identify Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue" from that first strum of a guitar. Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" by the first three notes. Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" by the first two notes.
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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    Those Opening Riffs

    Here are a few.....


    I Had Too Much To Dream - Electric Prunes
    When The Music's Over - The Doors
    409 - The Beach Boys
    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
    Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
    Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
    Billy The Mountain - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
    One Fine Morning - Lighthouse
    Star Spangled Banner - Various

    The above selections are more indicitive of my age then my ability to name opening chords.


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