Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Joy In Repetition - Jazz Guitar Lick

Our final lick of the month looks at a repeating Jazz Guitar lick with a descending chromatic walk down at the end that cycles back into the main lick. Kinda a blues jazz vibe similar to the last few licks. Next month Lick of the Day swings back into its groove of anything goes so look for examples spanning a broad range of styles from rock and metal to jazz and world music. Requests and suggestions for guitar licks or lessons are welcomed.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Repeating Jazz Blues Guitar Lick

This is a repeating guitar lick where the Eb acts as a flat third against the C7 and a flat seventh against the F7 chord in the progression. I would think of this as a C Minor Pentatonic scale lick with passing notes.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mixolydian Mode Jazz Guitar Lick

Here's a great mode for jazz blues guitar. The mixolydian mode includes the flat seventh note of the scale so it is great over dominant seventh chords. Here is an example of C Mixolydian mode over C7 and then F Mixolydian over an F7 chord.

Friday, April 25, 2008

C Minor Pentatonic Jazz Blues Guitar Lick

Today's jazz guitar lick is a jazz blues using the C Minor Pentatonic scale with the major third and passing notes from the C Minor Scale. It is played over a quick change from the C7 to F7 a I IV chord progression.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick Eb Major Scale #2

Another jazz guitar lick over the same ii V I chord progression as yesterday using the Eb Major Scale.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Eb Major Scale Jazz Guitar Lick

Today we have a jazz guitar lick using the Eb Major Scale over a ii V I chord progression.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. Playing guitar is always a great way to celebrate any occasion. You may want to stick to acoustic guitar today in the spirit of conservation especially since your reading this on your computer. Hope you enjoy today's jazz guitar lick. Stay green.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Beginner Jazz Blues Guitar Lick

Here is a beginner level jazz blues guitar lick. These are great little licks to play because you can create solos over this type of lick using the minor pentatonic scale so it makes it easier for rock guitar players to adjust to a jazz blues style quicker. Try playing this riff and then leaving some space to practice some soloing using the C# Minor pentatonic scale or C#blues scale.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jazz Guitar Dorian Mode Lick

Here is another jazz guitar lick using the Dorian mode which is derived from the notes of the C Major Scale. This is D Dorian over a D Minor Seventh Chord.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Jazz Guitar Dorian Mode

Today's lick is a jazz guitar run over a Dmin7 chord using the D Dorian mode which is derived from the notes of C Major Scale.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beginner Jazz Blues Guitar

Today's lick is a jazz blues style guitar lick. The tab is actually for the slow version of the video. In the faster take I played the end lick slightly different so if you try to follow the guitar tab go by the slow lick.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick in Bb

This is a jazz guitar lick in Bb that moves from the V chord F7 to the I chord BbMaj7
When you practice this lick create a backing track using these two chords as outlined in the tab.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick in G

Today's jazz guitar lick is over a chromatic chord progression that moves from an Ab13th chord to a G7 chord. I really haven't analyzed the lick in terms of a particular scale this just kinda came out when I was messing around with the chords. Hope you dig it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Jazz Blues Guitar Lick B Major Scale

Here's a happy little basic jazz blues guitar lick derived from the B Major Scale. Have a great weekend.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Jazz Blues Guitar Lick Bb Pentatonic Scale

Here's a little jazz blues guitar lick using the Bb Minor Pentatonic scale to kick of your weekend. For some great professional examples of this style of guitar check out Stevie Ray Vaughan's jazz blues "Stang's Swang" and the jazz guitar playing of Grant Green. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Jazz Fusion Major Scale Guitar Lick

Here is a beginner level jazz fusion guitar lick that uses a C Major Arpeggio to start. The phrase resolves to the major seventh which creates an unfinished tension feel. You could opt to follow this with a resolution the the root C or allow the tension to continue. A lot would depend on the harmonic structure you play the lick over and subjective opinion. Cheers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Jazz Blues Major Scale Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick is a jazz blues lick using the F Major Scale and some chrmoatic passing notes.It's going from the V7 C7 to the I7 F7. The use of the major scale jazzes things up a bit but this will also fit with a blues version using more pentatonic scale licks as well. The next time you try a blues try mixing in a few jazz runs and see what sticks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Super Locrian Scale Jazz Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick is based on the super locrian scale in the key of G. I'm really not sure how much this scale is used in Jazz but I like the sound of it and hope you do too. The notes in the G Super Locrian Scale are G, Ab, Bb,B, Db,Eb,F,G. You can get some very outside sounding licks with this scale and some interesting chord voicings incorporating open strings and drones. Play around with it and see what you can create.

Monday, April 7, 2008

G Major Scale Jazz Guitar Lick

Ok today we have a jazz guitar lick that uses primarily notes from the G Major Scale. Note the placement of the rests in the tab and notation - this alteration of the rhythm really adds to the jazz feel of the guitar part.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

D Major Scale Jazz Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick is a beginner jazz guitar lick using chromatic passing tones and the D Major Scale. The lick starts over a modified V chord A6 and resolves to the I chord a D Major7th. There are several chromatic passing tones that are outside the notes of the D Major Scale as well.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick

Ok I have to admit I haven't really analyzed this jazz guitar lick in terms of music theory. It just kinda popped into my head and I thought it was cool. Without figuring it out I'd guess it is a diminished lick. Give it a shot over Bb and see what you think.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Major Scale Jazz Guitar Lick

Continuing jazz guitar month today's jazz lick is a major scale guitar lick in G. Note however that I also use a non scale note F which is the flat seventh. The video demonstrates the tab in at regular tempo and slower speed and also give you a view of the right hand picking technique. Note the rests and triplets in the rhythm. The first triplet is played with sweep picking.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Jazz Guitar Lick Bebop Dominant Scale - Beginner

Today's guitar lick uses the Bebop Dominant scale over a C Dominant seventh chord. The Bebop dominant scale contains all the notes of the C Major scale and also a flat seventh in this case Bb. As with the Bebop Major scale this scale is intended to be played in a descending order with chord tones accented on the down stroke. I'm very much a novice jazz player so to really develop in this area I recommend checking out the great bebop players especially the horn players.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Beginner Jazz Guitar Lick #2 Bebop Scale

This guitar lick uses the same scale as yesterday the C Bebop Scale (maj7 version). Note carefully the rhythm and use of rests to make the lick swing a little harder. Again this is a swing rhythm. This lick is in the key of C and the chord progression is Dmin7 to Cmaj7. I'm just beginning to explore Jazz guitar myself so these licks will naturally be pretty basic. For more inspiration I recommend listening to other Jazz musicians especially other instruments. For the bebop genre you can't go wrong with the great Charlie Parker.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bebop Scale Beginner Jazz Guitar Lick

I'm just a very novice player when it comes to Jazz but I really want to improve so I've decided to make April a Jazz Guitar month on the site. No this isn't April fool's. Anyone craving rock, metal or blues guitar this month be sure to check out the previous posts or the lesson site.
To kick off Jazz Guitar Month here at lick of the day we begin with a jazz lick using the C Bebop Scale (Major Seventh Version - we'll tackle the dominant 7th version later). The notes for this scale are C, D, E, F, G, A, Ab, B, C. While there are no rules that can't be broken from what I've read to get an authentic bebop jazz guitar sound you want to use this scale in a descending pattern and hit the chord tones on the down stroke. I've tried to take this into account in the following lick. Follow along with the tab. The video is played first at full speed then slower. Again note the swing feel.