Ok, not sure what I want to put up is a lick or a riff, looked at definitions on the internet and still not sure.
It is played between verses and might be classed as instrumental, it involves single notes, slides and a some limited strumming. When you view the original it is played over a guitar playing strumming rhythm. It is not from one of Justin’s lesson.
I am asking as I don’t want to get shot down for it not being a lick.
I take riff to be a repeating phrase which forms the basis of a songs structure - like what a crowd would chant.
- Smoke on the Water
- 7 Nation Army
- That one from the darts - chase the sun
And a lick to be more a phrase a ‘call’ or ‘repeat’ in a song maybe a part of a solo.
Just get it posted, if you get shot down you can start your own rival thread “Michael’s Riffs”.
Thanks Dave @liaty
Will get it recorded and put on my flap jacket.
a lick is “a stock pattern or phrase” consisting of a short series of notes used in solos
a riff is a repeated chord progression or refrain in music; it is a pattern, or melody, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instrument,
Really doesn’t matter If you post a lick or a riff Michael, you won’t be the first one here to get it wrong and we’ll listen to it anyway.
As long as you don’t plan to become sheriff, you have nothing to fear
First I wanted to to write what Rick put down at the beginning, but I was afraid that that would hold people back, and sometimes it is quite difficult and a lick becomes almost a riff or a riff a lick or at least in the ear for many (at least me ,but what do I know in this short time )…
As long as you don’t lick a riff and record it, everything is fine
PS @Lisa_S …Hi Lisa
That is one of my first and still most played riffs , which I do on the neck there and over the entire neck , if you are not already doing it, play it also in a not-open position… really great fun to play every where and it will yield a lot…
(but I think I don’t or rarely use it with a backing track ?? no idea actually)
Finally another video from you, I’m sitting behind my computer with a big smile
What a nice start to my morning
Go for it Michael, nothing to lose !
Sorry, couldn’t help editing it.
And what about the Intro? Can that be considered a Riff or a Lick?
All in all I’m enjoying this thread. Thanks Roger, for the idea. I plan on jumping in soon.
Don’t you just hate predictive text.
How could I not have thought of that lesson to post…
While a riff is designed to set the vibe, a lick is used to showcase the skills of a guitarist by standing out . Unlike riffs, licks allow a guitarist to perform solos or improvise on an established melodic line of the song. While riffs go down as memorable, licks might not necessarily have the same staying power.
I always thought of licks as the words which when put together make phrases and that riffs are just short rhymic phrases played repeatedly as a back up part and are recognisable.