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Some people use the word “riff” and “run” interchangeably, including me! But if you want to make a distinction between the two, most people agree that a riff is a musical idea, either improvised or planned. Guitarists, sax players, and vocalists all riff. A run is a melodic embellishment based off of a scale. Obviously, there can be overlap! But for the sake of clarity, this video will focus on runs using the major scale and the pentatonic scale.

2. How to Do Riffs and Runs

3. Even More Embellishment