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riff

noun [C]  /rɪf/ us  
(in popular music) a simple tune that is used as a pattern for creating more complicated musical patterns
Translations of “riff”
in Chinese (Traditional) (爵士樂或流行音樂的)重覆樂段…
in Chinese (Simplified) (爵士乐或流行音乐的)重复乐段…
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