Jazz Guitar Licks
In this article I have written out 5 ii V I licks in notation, tab, and audio to help take your improvisational skills to the next level over the most commonly used progression in jazz.
Each of these licks uses different rhythmic and harmonic techniques discussed in depth on seperate articles on More >
Charlie Christian is often considered the grandfather of the electric jazz guitar which is why I decided to write a study of 5 signature Charlie Christian licks that can take your jazz guitar improvisation to the next level.
Many standards around that time period feature fast tempo cycling dominant More >
Dorian licks are a common part of developing jazz language and therefore a big part of learning how to improvise in a jazz setting. No doubt about it, every guitarist needs to know their scales inside out, but quite often I teach guitarists who know a bunch of scales but donâ€™t know how to use More >
When learning to play bebop jazz guitar, a study of Charlie Parkerâ€™s language and style is a must. In his short life Parker was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time and his legacy can be heard in almost every jazz musician in the last 60 years or so.
Quite often I get asked about using traditionalÂ jazz blues guitar lick when improvising.
Developing a good balance of bebop and traditional down home blues licks is essential when learning how to play jazz guitar, especially for those interested in playing like the jazz guitar greats such as More >
Letâ€™s be honest though, how many of us have transcribed 4 choruses of a solo and never use a single lick you took down?
Donâ€™t worry, More >
Miles Davis was a master improviser, thereâ€™s no doubt about that.
But what made him such a stellar jazz musician wasnâ€™t necessarily his chops or flash, but his strong sense of melody and ability to find just the right notes for the right moment in his solos.
In this jazz guitar lick video More >