Musical phrase is certain piece of a solo.
A phrase gives the idea of “from the beginning to the end”, having some sense or meaning. A written solo in sheet music can have many phrases divided by bar lines. It does not have a rule about size of a musical phrase. This term is employed in the same way of riff (without many criteria).
What is the difference between musical phrase and riff?
The difference is that the musical phrase is a term more used in solo context, while the riff definition is more embracing and makes more sense for repetitive pieces.
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