#1
This is a relatively boring question, but it's something I haven't been able to find a good answer to.

Pandora Radio tells me that I typically like "vamped" music. Looking "Vamp" up on Wikipedia tells me that vamping is a repeating musical phrase or structure. Ok, whatever. My question is: what is the difference between a vamp and a riff? They seem to be nearly identical concepts to me. Is there a shade of meaning that makes them different?
#2
A vamp is generally a background thing, where a riff could be the focus of attention.
#3
Riffs are cooler?
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#4
a vamp IS a riff

is just an ostinato a melodic, rythmic, bass line or chord progression thats repeated, it may vary but has remain recognizable, but not in a high voice but in a low one

for example salvation by the cranberries thats a vamp

in popular music the riff is executed in the rythmic section
#5
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a vamp IS a riff

is just an ostinato a melodic, rythmic, bass line or chord progression thats repeated, it may vary but has remain recognizable, but not in a high voice but in a low one

for example salvation by the cranberries thats a vamp

in popular music the riff is executed in the rythmic section


Close. A vamp CAN be a riff, but not always. A riff is almost always the main focus of attention, the 'theme' if you will. A vamp can be a single chord (or two) strummed once per measure for an entire song.