Axe for 'guitar'?

Nancy Elliott nelliott1 at EARTHLINK.NET
Sat Apr 22 14:43:57 UTC 2000

For me, the difference between a run and a riff is that in a riff, the
direction that the pattern of notes might take isn't specified, but in a
run, the notes go from lower to higher or from higher to lower, and often

> From: Joseph Carson <samizdata at>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 02:54:58 -0700
> Subject: Re: Axe for 'guitar'?
> Would someone define the differences between the omnipresent (but flexibly
> applied) musical terms "riff" and "run," too?

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