#2
lick is what you do to ice cream
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#4
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I've always seen the riff as a motif used in a musical phrase to be repeated. Often using the lower bottom strings. A lick (I've always thought) was a sweet scale variant that compliments the main riff, and more often than not is associated with the higher strings.

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#5
Quote by sloppyjoe24
Not sure if serious....


I've always seen the riff as a motif used in a musical phrase to be repeated. Often using the lower bottom strings. A lick (I've always thought) was a sweet scale variant that compliments the main riff, and more often than not is associated with the higher strings.

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#6
Not necessarily like this, but a riff would be the rhythm to the song, and solos, fills, and other things would be composed of many licks.

I.e.
Riff
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2-----------2-----
0-0-0-0-0-0-0---

Lick
-----------------------------12
-15-14-12------------14b15-----
-----------15-14-12-------
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#7
I would say that a riff is a definite part of a song, like a written section that is always the same whereas a lick is a string of canned notes that you know work in certain ways and you can use in improvisation and solos.

Of course then you have to differentiate between rhythm riffs and lead riffs but that line gets very blurred in a lot of music anyway.
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#8
Riff- repeats in song
Lick-quick phrase that in most songs appears once.
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#9
for some reason i would consider the trill part of the trooper a lick but the galloping part a riff
#10
I think a riff is the main theme/ rhythm for the song and a lick is a short melodic phrase used in soloing and such?
#11
I treat a 'lick' as a particular melodic phrase, whereas a 'riff' is a particular rhythmic phrase.
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#12
Quote by Dayn
I treat a 'lick' as a particular melodic phrase, whereas a 'riff' is a particular rhythmic phrase.


This is the best answer so far I think.