Riffs & Runs

A (vocal) run is an improvised musical passage that is usually based on a scale and tend to have small intervals between notes. It is mostly melodic and offer some kind of uniformity with the instrumental.

A (vocal) riff is a repeated type of notes that has any kind of intervals. But it can also be based on a scale. It can have a lot of different rhythms in it and is based on an existent musical phrase or theme. A riff is added on a song as an artistic or stylistic choice.

In a common usage, they are considered as synonyms.

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