3 Melodic John Abercrombie Licks

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 often…

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Pat Martino ii V I Lick – Melodic Minor iim7 Chord

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 great…

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5 Essential Barney Kessel Licks For Jazz Guitar

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 and…

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3 George Benson Chord Soloing Lines For Jazz Guitar

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 add…

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5 Must Know Bebop Jazz Guitar Licks

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 like…

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

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-V…

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5 Must Know George Benson Licks for Guitar

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 solos…

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5 Must Know 4th Interval Licks for Guitar

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 for…

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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks – ii V I G Major

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 best…

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Lenny Breau Guitar Lick – Blues Chord Walkup

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,…

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5 Must Know 7#11 Licks for Jazz Guitar

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 Scale…

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5 Grant Green Licks Every Jazz Guitarist Needs to Know

Learning how to play jazz guitar means studying and understanding the soloing concepts of great jazz guitarists. Which is why in today’s lesson we’ll be studying 5 Classic Grant Green Licks from his solo on “Cool Blues.” Grant was a legendary player with a unique tone, thorough understanding of jazz fundamentals and a strong swing…

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Bebop Guitar Lick – Bebop Chromatic Pattern

When learning how to play Bebop Jazz Guitar, one of the main sources of improvisational material is the study of famous licks and patterns. In this lesson, we’ll be learning and dissecting a Bebop Guitar Lick that I have long used in my playing, and one that will help bring an added level of chromaticism…

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5 Classic Pat Martino Minor Licks

When learning bebop licks for jazz guitar there are few players that have more vocabulary than the great picker Pat Martino. As well, while we often have a lot of vocabulary, or spend a good amount of time on major key ii V I licks and phrases, we can sometimes have less vocab or spend…

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5 Exercises To Learn Jazz Guitar Licks

When learning how to play jazz guitar, we all know the importance of studying and learning from the great players that have come before us. One of the best ways to bring a bit of your favorite player’s sound into your solos is to learn jazz guitar licks by these maters, and inject them into…

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Anatomy of a Bill Evans Jazz Guitar Lick

Learning How to Play Jazz Guitar often means digging into classic licks from your favorite players and bringing them into your own vocabulary as you develop your voice as a jazz guitarist. While learning licks note for note and playing them back in the practice room is a good way to introduce yourself to commonly…

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George Benson Blues Lick For Guitar Video Lesson

George Benson has always been a master of the jazz-blues chord progression and jazz-blues sound, and so today we are going to study a cool George Benson blues lick for jazz guitar. His ability to take any jazz guitar lick and insert a good dose of the blues into it has come to define his…

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Ed Bickert Guitar Lick – Jazzy Turnaround

When learning how to play jazz guitar, many of us spend time learning how to play chord voicings and use them in a comping situation, but don’t really know how to take those same chords and use them in a soloing situation. While learning how to play jazz guitar chords. in inversions and with different…

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