THE RIFF: How I reignited my passion for music – and you can too

How It All Started For Me

I’m just putting the finishing touches to a new metal track that I’ve been working on and I I’m super excited about it.

I’ve worked hard on it, and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of the end result!

But how did I get to this point?

It all started in my teens when my older brother introduced me to the world of Rock and Metal. From Bon Jovi to Metallica, I was hooked. I quickly picked up the guitar and started dreaming of performing on stage for huge crowds of fans.

Fast forward a few years, and I eventually joined a band and played countless gigs in various venues, along with multiple visits to recording studios. 

I did this while working my day job as an IT Manager in a high school.

Then, life happened. Children arrived, and the band had to take a back seat. I thought I was too old to be messing around with Rock and Metal at that point.

But then a good mate showed me that I could sell my own music on the Royalty Free Music Library called AudioJungle. That was the spark that reignited my passion…

…and to get back into creating music.

And the truth is, you don’t need much to get started. 

You can start with something as simple as the feeling of fulfilment you get from creating your own music that sounds Effic (Effin Epic!).

And finally pursue your lifelong dream of writing and releasing your own Rock and Metal tracks.

So don’t wait too long to get started, or you might miss out altogether. Trust me, when you finally do take that first step, you’ll be thrilled that you did.

I invite you to share your own experiences with getting into music and any creative projects you’re working on.

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Podcast Episode I’m Listening To

“The Eddie Trunk Podcast – Slash”

Audio qualty wise, this episode isn’t the best as Slash is on the other side of a delayed phone call.

However, once your ears adjust, the content is gold.

They talk about Slashes guitar collection of over 400! plus his new ‘coffee table’ book.

My biggest take away from the episode is when Slash corrected the story about how the ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ riff was written…

…not a practice riff as many of us previously believed.

Slash simply wrote the riff “putting notes together like any riff you do” in the house that GnR were living in at the time.

Go and listen for yourself.

Listen On Spotify



Quick Production Tip

For all the busy music producers out there. Even if you have just 10 minutes a day to spare for music production, it’s enough to keep your creative momentum going.

Research shows that short, frequent bursts of creative work can be more effective than long, sporadic sessions.

So, set a timer for 10 minutes and focus on one task, like tweaking some drum fills or getting that bass section down. You’ll be shocked at how much you can accomplish in just a few minutes a day! me, it’s what I usually have to work with!

Riff Of The Week

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Of course I had to name this the riff of the week following the podcast recommendation above.

Notice how the opening riff to this track is played entirely on its own first run through.

Yet still has the power to immediately catch the ear and rivet the audience.

This is one of the most iconic and recognizable riffs in rock music history.

The riff’s melodic and emotive qualities perfectly capture the song’s romantic and nostalgic themes, making it a beloved classic that still resonates with fans today.

I had the pleasure of playing this track live at my drummers wedding a fews years back.

I was apprehensive to have the track on the setlist originally, but was glad we did as it was a big hit with the audience..

..and I even nailed that famous solo, which I was super proud of!


“A great riff is like a signature, it’s something that people will immediately associate with you and your music.”

Slash – Guns N’ Roses

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