The formation of The Doors began at UCLA in 1965, where Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek were students. On a southern California beach, Jim read one of his poems to Ray and the two decided to collaborate on some songs. Manzarek recruited John Densmore who, in turn, recruited Robby Krieger. Morrison dubbed the band “The Doors” from Aldous Huxley’s book on mescaline, “The Doors of Perception.”
The Doors began playing clubs on the Sunset Strip until they finally became the house band at the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Unfortunately, that gig ended after a controversial performance of the song, “The End”. Not all was lost though as their performances at the Whisky-A-Go-Go got them a great deal of exposure, and led to a contract with Elektra Records. They in turn churned out hit after hit and the stardom therein led Jim to involve himself in one controversy after another. Jim once said, ” I am the lizard king, I can do anything.” He was right. He did anything……… and everything.
This riff is set to 120 bpm ( beats per minute ), so if you have a metronome ( a device that keeps exact time ), or a drum machine, you can set it to this number. A few basic chords are being played here that are picked out.