LEARNING HOW TO SING RUNS OR RIFFS

Updated: Aug 21

First, you need to know that difference between a run and a riff. Lots of singers use runs and riffs to enhance the song they are singing. They are both a melodic sequence of notes. How do you tell the difference between the two? The difference is in the length of the sequence of notes.


A run is a long sequence of notes starting high and dropping quickly (within a second or two) through the scale down to lower notes. It can also be done from low notes moving quickly up the scale to higher notes. Runs are spontaneously, created to embellish (enhance) the melody. A run is also called a “melisma”. Christina Aguilera and Beyonce are famous for their very elaborate and masterful riffs and runs.


A riff is a short series of melodic notes used by singers to express their emotional intensity. The most outstanding vocal riffs are usually done to deepen the expression of emotion within a song, just like a run. But a riff is a repeated (short group of notes) melodic idea used throughout a song; whereas a run is like ornamental spontaneous creation of many notes.


How do you learn how to sing a riff or a run. It takes practice singing note by note slowly till you can sing each note in the run (or riff) and then you speed it up. It takes time to perfect but it is worth it. Remember, note by note, slowly, until you are able to sing each note in the sequence, then speed it up. You will repeat this over and over until you get each note correct and fast enough. Listen to Koko Higa singing “I’m Not The Only One,” she added runs and her own twist to the song. It sound amazing!!


Joke For The Day:

Why did the chicken join the band?

Because he had the drumsticks!


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