3 Melodic John Abercrombie Licks

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By: Jamie Holroyd   This article contains 3 John Abercrombie licks to help expand your jazz guitar vocabulary. Each of these John Abercrombie licks are short, melodic ideas applied to common jazz progressions such as ii-V’s and static chord vamps. When studying John Abercrombie’s phrasing, pay close attention to dynamics and articulation as he oftenRead the Rest... ...

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Pat Martino ii V I Lick – Melodic Minor iim7 Chord

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As he is a living jazz guitar legend, there is always a wealth of information in any Pat Martino ii V I Lick when shedding through changes in the practice room. Over the years I have spent countless hours studying Pat’s lines, his solos, phrasing and melodic approach to chord changes, garnering hundreds of greatRead the Rest... ...

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5 Essential Barney Kessel Licks For Jazz Guitar

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Barney Kessel was one of the greatest jazz guitarist that ever lived, and he left us with a lifetime’s worth of material to study as jazz guitarists in his recorded output. In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking at 5 classic Barney Kessel Licks that explore various aspects of Barney’s improvisational approach to 7th, m7 andRead the Rest... ...

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3 George Benson Chord Soloing Lines For Jazz Guitar

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One of my favorite players to listen to and study is George Benson. A master improviser,  George never seems to run out of creative and hard-swinging lines in his solos, with octaves, single-notes as well as chord soloing ideas. In today’s lesson, we’ll be exploring three George Benson Chord Soloing Licks that you can addRead the Rest... ...

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Wes Montgomery Blues Licks and Concepts for Jazz Guitar

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Wes Montgomery was a master of both soloing over the blues, and adding a blues flavor to his improvised lines on any tune he was playing. As many of us are fans of Wes’ playing, and want to bring a bit of that Wes sound to our lines and phrases, I’ve put together three licksRead the Rest... ...

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5 Must Know Bebop Jazz Guitar Licks

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Learning how to play jazz guitar means learning the language that great players before us have used in their lines, solos and melodies. In this lesson, you will learn 5 classic Bebop Jazz Guitar Licks, how they are built, why they work and how to expand on them in your practicing and improvising. While sounding likeRead the Rest... ...

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5 Must Know Minor ii-V-I Licks for Jazz Guitar

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By: Jamie Holroyd   When learning how to play jazz guitar many guitarists tend to spend most of their time in the woodshed focusing on improvising over Major ii-V-I chords, and the minor ii-V-I licks tend to get a little neglected. In today’s lesson I will teach you how to build up you minor ii-VRead the Rest... ...

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5 Must Know George Benson Licks for Guitar

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George Benson is one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time, there’s no doubt about it. Whether you are a fan of his playing, you have to admire the musical and professional accomplishments Benson has achieved over his long and successful career. One of the great things about Benson’s playing, is that his solosRead the Rest... ...

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5 Must Know 4th Interval Licks for Guitar

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When learning how to play jazz guitar, we often come across techniques or concepts that sound like different eras or styles of jazz, such as Bebop, Hardbop, Fusion or Modern Jazz. In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking at 5 licks that will being a Modern Jazz sound into your playing by using 4th intervals forRead the Rest... ...

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Jazz Guitar Licks – Double Stop Licks for Guitar

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By: Dave Kain As a guitar player, I really enjoy being able to go from playing single-note solos to chordal and double stop licks and solos. Something I like to do is to combine both of these approaches when I am improvising. There are several reasons I would choose to do so. When I amRead the Rest... ...

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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks – ii V I G Major

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When learning how to play jazz guitar, we are often drawn to the cool chord soloing sounds of great players such as Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau and Jim Hall. While we may know that we want to sound like these legendary players in our own solos, we’re often stuck as to what is the bestRead the Rest... ...

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Lenny Breau Guitar Lick – Blues Chord Walkup

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Learning how to play guitar, means studying the licks and phrases of the great jazz guitarists. In today’s jazz guitar licks video lesson, we’ll be checking out a fun Lenny Breau Guitar Lick using a walkup line over Bb7 and Eb7. Since there is such a wide stretch between the two voices in this lick,Read the Rest... ...

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5 Must Know 7#11 Licks for Jazz Guitar

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When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the sounds that will pop up on a regular basis is the 7#11 chord, and therefore it is always good to have a variety of 7#11 Licks that you can use over this common chord change. The fourth mode of Melodic Minor, the Lydian Dominant ScaleRead the Rest... ...

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