The Riffwars Hashtag system was created out of necessity when the original hastag, #Riffwars, had around 15,000 posts under it. Sifting through thousands of videos was time consuming and inefficient. We felt that many artists were being overlooked as each day brought hundreds of new posts. The development of the new hashtags allowed for separation by genre, style, bands, and even guitar brands. 

Using the Riffwars Hashtag system is the best way to be seen not only by Riffwars, but also by other artists with similar tastes and styles. Please use the Riffwars Hashtag system to increase your chances of being discovered and featured on @RIFFWARS. #Riffwars gets hundreds of posts a day-don't bury your video under #Riffwars! 

 

Here are some tips for using the Riffwars Hashtags:

  • Use only the hashtags that apply to your post. Using hashtags incorrectly or in excess on one post will likely lead to you NOT being featured.

  • Check to be sure your spelling is correct. 
    In example, #riffwarjazz 
     ≠ #riffwarsjazz, the "s" is missing in riffwars. Posts tagged under incorrectly spelled hashtags are unlikely to be seen or featured on @RIFFWARS.

  • Now that instagram organizes videos under hashtags by date, making NEW videos is important. Tagging an old video with a new hashtag will still result in the video being buried beneath other videos. Always try and tag your videos right away.

 

Examples of Hashtag Use

  This is an example of the right way to use Riffwars Hashtags. He is playing jazz on an acoustic guitar. Lovely.

 

This is an example of the right way to use Riffwars Hashtags. He is playing jazz on an acoustic guitar. Lovely.

  This is an example of the WRONG way to use riffwars Hashtags.  Maybe the #riffwarspets is appropriate, but he is definitely not a woman or child. 

 

This is an example of the WRONG way to use riffwars Hashtags.  Maybe the #riffwarspets is appropriate, but he is definitely not a woman or child. 

Popular Hashtags

#Riffwarsacoustic - Acoustic guitars only
#Riffwarsclassic - Classic Rock riffs, i.e. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. 
#Riffwarscritic - Videos which you would like to receive critiques from other followers. Caution, critiques can be cruel!
#Riffwarsfreeforall - Anything goes guitar riffs. Videos in this hashtag are usually featured on Friday.
#Riffwarsfunk - Funk genre riffs.
#Riffwarsgame - Riffs from popular video games, i.e. mario, zelda, tetris...
#Riffwarlessons - Videos explaining how a riff was played. Riffs in slow motion. 
#Riffwarsoriginal -
Original riffs written by the posting artist.
#Riffwarsfender - Fender guitars only.
#Riffwarsschecter - Schecter guitars only.
#Riffwarsibanez - Ibanez guitars only.
#Riffwarsgroove - Groovy riffs, the more you are into it, the better. Usually featured on Sunday.
#Riffwarsmetallica - Metallica covers only.
#Riffwarspantera - Pantera covers only.
#Riffwarschon - Chon covers only.
#Riffwarsblues - Blues genre riffs only.
#Riffwarsjazz - Jazz riffs and jazz guitar only.
#Riffwarsmetal - Metal, thrash, death riffs only.
#Riffwarsshred - High speed, shredding riffs.
#Riffwarstap - Majority of video must feature tapping.
#Riffwarsdjent - Low end tune down chug riffs (if you have to ask, you probably don't djent).
#Riffwarsrock - Rock & Roll riffs.
#RiffwarsBFMV - Bullet For My Valentine covers only.
#Riffwarsslayer - Slayer covers only.
#Riffwarschallenge - Riffs that you would like to use for a Riffwars Challenge with another follower.
#Riffwarscolab - Two or more people, not  live, playing guitar.
#Riffwarswcw - Women Crush Wednesday, women playing guitar only.
#RiffwarsFX - Videos of guitar riffs with cool special effects.
#Riffwars7 - Seven string guitars only.
#Riffwars8 - Eight string guitars only.
#Riffwarslive - Live guitar solos in front of an audience.
#Riffwarsambient - Ambient genre, usually involving harmonics.
#Riffwarspets - Video of guitar riff with a pet in the scene.
#Riffwarsbomb - Like a photo bomb, but someone bombing a guitar riff video instead.
#Riffwarskids - Video of a guitar riff with a kid in the scene.