In popular music genres such as rock or jazz music, a lick is "a stock pattern or phrase" consisting of a short series of notes that is used in solos and melodic lines and accompaniment. Licks in rock and roll are often used through a formula, and variations technique in which variants of simple, stock ideas are blended and developed during the solo.
In a jazz band, a lick may be performed during an improvised solo, either during an accompanied solo chorus or during an unaccompanied solo break. Jazz licks are usually original short phrases which can be altered so that they can be used over a song's changing harmonic progressions.
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... A lickis different from the related concept of a riff in that riffs can also include repeated chord progressions ... Licksare usually associated with single-note melodic lines rather than chord progressions ... However, like riffs, lickscan be used as the basis of an entire song ...
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