George Benson has always been a master of the jazz-blues chord progression and jazz-blues sound.
His ability to take any jazz guitar lick and insert a good dose of the blues into it has come to define his sound over his long and prosperous career.
When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most important concepts to get under our fingers and into our solos is mixing blues and bebop based sounds in our lines.
By doing so, we can keep the bebop sophistication in our phrase, but also that down-home, gritty blues sound that makes Benson’s, and many other jazzers, playing so appealing.
In today’s jazz guitar lick video lesson we’ll be looking at a classic lick from Benson’s solo on Billie’s Bounce.
This classic jazz guitar lick mixes bebop-style arpeggios with minor and major blues scales to produce a must-know lick for any up and coming jazz guitarist. Check it out and enjoy!
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With some background on the lick and a good idea of what to look for when practicing it in the woodshed, here is how the lick looks like in tab and notation.
To hear this lick in action and get a detailed explanation of how it is built, check out the video lesson bellow.
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