Welcome back to another guitar tutorial! But believe me when I tell you that having an incomplete picture of these two concepts can often cause confusion, especially when you are trying to compose your own piece of music, or when you are attempting to describe to another musician what you want to achieve in a song. Throughout this lesson I will be referring to some cool guitar riffs and licks, for which I will also provide tablature so you can learn and paly a few guitar riffs and licks. I highly recommend seeking out recordings and videos of the original songs so you can get a feel for the fluency and style of each. With all that said, it is time for us to dive into the world of riffs and licks, and get this dilemma sorted out once and for all.
50 rock guitar licks you need to know
Lick (music) - Wikipedia
The main focus here in terms of vocabulary is classic rock, which we're going to define for the purposes of this study as pre-Van Halen, so you'll find no eight-finger tapping, no three-octave sweep picked arpeggios and no 32nd-note legato monster licks. What you will find, however, is a choice selection of medium-tempo classic rock phrases that are stylistically diverse, melodically flexible, and display a wide range of articulation and dynamic devices. They are all also completely useable to guitarists of many levels and in a variety of settings. It's arguable that it's this mid-tempo range phrasing that really establishes the character of a rock guitarist.
In popular music genres such as country , blues , jazz or rock music , a lick is "a stock pattern or phrase "  consisting of a short series of notes used in solos and melodic lines and accompaniment. For musicians, learning a lick is usually a form of imitation. By imitating, musicians understand and analyze what others have done, allowing them to build a vocabulary of their own.
What could you possibly gain from it? But more importantly, you should listen to the music you like, just as much as you practice it. This will help you develop an intuitive sense of continuity in improvisation and composition. Licks are memorable musical phrases that can be strung together to create a solo, fill in behind a vocal phrase or simply spruce up the end of a tune. In any form of music, some melodic ideas sound more at a home than others.