Sometimes due to
-having such short time to play (as little as a couple of minutes before the tea is ready) or
-simply being too tired to do anything complicated at all but still wanting to play SOMETHING or
-if I start getting overwhelmed by what I am trying and failing with and need to touch base…
My go to riff is < James Brown - Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag >
It is like a home base and the licks between chord changes are so cool it makes me feel really bad ass to be able to play it…
Same goes for testing a bass, amp or any piece of equipment at a music store.
My runner ups are:
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Every time I touch the Higher E this one calls to me like when I am setting up the intonation)
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (especially for making low ends growl and everytime I play it my wife goes “chaka chaka chaka”)
James Brown - I feel good (Again those licks man!)
The Knack - My Sharona ( I usually push myself to play it with slapp technique - it sounds so good in my head but I always mess it up!)
How about you guys?