Thank you for your interest in this question. If you remove a riff from a song, it doesn't sound the same, and even a layperson may notice. Most classic riffs are very simple short Dead Meadow for longer ones pentatonic minor memorable phrases over one chord like Voodoo Chile usually doubled by the bass. Musical form and development. In popular music genres such as bluesjazz or rock music, a lick is "a stock pattern or phrase "  consisting of a short series of notes used in solos and melodic lines and accompaniment.
It's practically the same, but because it's not thematic, it's more an indicator of style than a direct musical quote.
Essays in Music Analysisp. The bit differentiation in my mind is that a lick can be changed or removed from the overall work, and the work is still fundamentally the same. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Everything else is just guitar playing. A lick is musical idea, too, but often it's incomplete. Imitating style is as important as learning the appropriate scale over a given chord. A lick can be a hookif the lick meets the definition of a hook: