Some Very Cool Jazz Licks

Have you been looking for some good jazz licks to supplement your repertoire? These jazz-licks are from tunes that I especially like.
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Jazz is making a comeback! More and more of my students are asking for me to help them with learning jazz. This is very gratifying, as it demonstrates that when you learn the basics, you naturally want to progress to the next level.

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You can hear this lick on the standard 'Joy Spring' on Joe Pass's CD 'Joy Spring', a must have CD for every jazz guitarist. The lick is the pick up for the first solo chorus.

Joe Pass plays a D minor triad arpeggio with an added 9 on the Bm7b5 chord, what gives us the following functions : b3, 4, b5, b7. On the E7 he plays an A harmonic minor scale.

Kenny Burrell has been a high in demand guitarist during all his career (he was Duke Ellington's favorite guitar player). Some of the jazz giants he played with : Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, This lick is a nice way to change position on the fret board.

This is a bluesy lick in the Eb blues pentatonic scale.


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