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Introduction: Riffs, Licks, and Themes

 

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Now that you're familiar with the concept of riffs, it's time to dive further into the arrangement tools and the terminology used in rock. So today we'll add the concept of "themes" to the mix, and I'll demonstrate the difference between all the different terms we've used so far. But remember that the main purpose is for you to learn some useful rock arrangement tools, not for us to come up with a perfect system for labeling them. Once again, the most important thing is not what to call the tools, but how to use them!

But for the sake of learning, we'll try to categorize and demonstrate the difference between terms like licks, riffs, and themes in some fun and rockin' examples. Let's get to it!