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Riffs, riff-raff - an idle segue

Posted by The Fallen on February 05, 2002

I thought I'd just posted this... but it's early and maybe I didn't... so here goes again.

Speaking of Led Zeppelin , what's the origin of "riff" as in a guitar riff? Although I am sure it's a fairly modern term, does it have any connection with "riff-raff"... and since I'm on this train of thought, what's the origin of "riff-raff" too? I'm more than certain that neither has the slightest to do with any indigenous tribes within Morocco.