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(@slowhand)
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Hello, im new to playing guitar and i would like to know what the differense is between Licks, Riffs and Bridges is, and what the definition of it is and if there is more to music than those 3 :D In advance thank you


   
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(@kroikey)
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Hi there, I'm not exactly an expert myself but I think I can answer this one.

Riffs and Licks are the same thing, a repeating pattern of notes used to add a signature to a song. I dont think I've ever heard a catchy tune without a riff.

A bridge is best described in context: A song is often described in parts like Intro, Verse , Chorus. A bridge is a part of a song that is melodically different and usually leads into the final part of the song (final verse, chorus or outro).


   
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(@slowhand)
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yhanks :)


   
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(@slejhamer)
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Ah, but what about chops and hooks?

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(@rparker)
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Ah, but what about chops and hooks?

8)

I'm pretty bad at choppy-riff-hooks, but am working on 'em. I'm getting e-lessons.

Roy
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(@dogbite)
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chops is a qualifier, in a way. 'you have great chops, your riff was amazing'.
hook is different. it is also a qualifier...'wow, that song has a great hook'. not necessarily a guitar part. it could be the lyric or song structure itself.
I could be wrong about that one.

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(@hbriem)
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Riffs and Licks are technically the same thing as Kroikey noted, but I've noticed that in the vernacular they tend to be used for two different things.

Usually Riff seems to be used (more) for patterns that are characteristic of a particular song, like the 'Satisfaction' riff or the 'Hash Pipe' riff.

Lick seems to be used more of patterns that are characteristic of a particular player ('Keith Richards lick') or genre ('blues lick').

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(@mahal)
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Ever see the beginning of Seven Samurai or Magnificent Seven where the ronin/gunfighter is chopping firewood to earn his keep. In a time before radio or recordings a traveling musician's tool, his "axe" was used to earn his keep.

A entire catelog of slang sprung up from calling your instrument or working tool an "axe". Going to the "woodshed" to work out. Developing "chops" or skills.


   
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