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Quik Axe Player
07-10-2007, 03:32 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right forum. So I have heard both of a guitar riff and a guitar lick, but what is the difference.

sinan90
07-10-2007, 03:37 PM
Riff = repeated phrase, often for the majority of the song
Lick = one small idea used usually in a solo and normally not repeated in the same song but sometimes can be, but not as regularly as a riff.

Heavil
07-10-2007, 03:39 PM
I don't know either. Well, a Riff is usually played during the main chorus, and it is repeated over and over again (2 time or more). A lick is a succesion on notes, but it is not repeated.

haha ok. Not really uh?

z4twenny
07-10-2007, 04:11 PM
sinan 90 pretty much has it right, at least from what i've always understood it.

nightwind
07-10-2007, 04:17 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lick_%28music%29


The key to the lick is that it's a stock pattern. It's like public domain.

Blind In 1 Ear
07-10-2007, 08:14 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lick_%28music%29


The key to the lick is that it's a stock pattern. It's like public domain.

yea pretty much. ive always thought of lick as a stock phrase you use when soloing. it can be used and altered whenever. and a riff would be like the main "melody" or theme of a song repeated at the chrous or something like that. it can also only be used for that song. think the riff for back in black. its like the main theme. you wouldnt use that in a solo. but any of the licks played in the solo could be used because its not a main theme.

ch715dallat
07-10-2007, 08:25 PM
easy way to remember it

Riff = rhythm
Lick = Lead

more detailed it means a riff is a rhythm pattern played throughout a song whereas a lick can be played over a riff as a melody or as part of a solo or whatever.