The Lickety-Split Technique (TM) To Create Riff Variations

Tommaso Zillio

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lickety-split riff variations

Here’s a situation you’ve been in if you write music:

You just wrote a great riff. And I mean an absolutely great riff.

Either the Muses dictated it to you, or you finally got unity with the universal consciousness, or you simply had a good day…

… either way you have now a riff on your hands that can shake the world.

And that’s were you slam your head nose-first on the First-Wall-That-Songwriters-Hit-When-They-Rely-Only-On-Inspiration (yup, that’s a thing):

“… how do I make this riff into a song?”

Yes, that’s precisely the moment when some music theory would be helpful :-)

I mean you can always make a song by repeating the same riff over and over and over…

… and over and over, but that’s - let’s say - not really optimal.

(Ok, I’ll say it: it sucks)

Now, I am the first to admit that “how do you go from a riff to a song” is not something one can cover in a 10 minutes video…

(or in a 10 hours video for that matter… )

… but at least I can get you started!

So the first step to go from riff to song is to “get to know your riff”. That is to say:

  • What can your riff do?
  • How versatile it is?
  • Can I make it sound in different ways throughout the song?

And in this videos is how you do exactly that… lickety-split:

(See what I’ve done with “lickety-split” in the video? LOL)

And for an extreme version of what you can do by taking a simple lick and writing variations… here you have 720 variations on the same Jazz lick:

Intrigued by all this yet?

Well there’s much more of it - and it’s fun all the way up :)

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No, it’s not for everybody. But if you really want to learn the how and the why in a PRACTICAL way, then you will love it.


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