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5 Mark Whitfield Licks for Guitar

When I was a Master student at Western Michigan University, I was looking for a new transcription to work on in my weekly guitar lessons. After searching for something that would grab my ears, I stumbled upon an album called The Marksman by a young Mark Whitfield, a player that I hadn’t heard before, but…

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5 Boogaloo Joe Jones Licks for Guitar

One of the names that has come up time and again in my conversations with students and readers lately is Boogaloo Joe Jones, who was a fantastic but lesser-known Jazz/Funk guitarist. With the ability to take a few memorable ideas and stretch them out into whole solos, Boogaloo was a master of grabbing the listener’s…

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Wes Montgomery Meets Charlie Parker

Recently I was working with a Skype jazz guitar student on a Wes Montgomery transcription, “Movin’ Along,” which also happens to be the first jazz guitar transcription I ever learned a long, long time ago. In the lesson we were analysing the solo and we came upon a classic sounding lick that we dug into…

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Jimmy Raney Licks for Jazz Guitar

Jimmy Raney is a Bebop guitar legend, and a true master of Bebop style soloing on the guitar. Because of his mastery of the genre, he is vast resource for study when working on developing your jazz guitar soloing chops, and especially Bebop vocabulary. To help you raise your Bebop playing to the next level,…

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Joe Pass Licks – 5 ii V I Lines

Joe Pass was a master of every aspect of jazz guitar playing, including solo guitar, duo guitar with vocals, chord soloing, single-line playing, and of course chord melody. When learning how to solo as a jazz guitarist, there are few players that you can study who have more command of the Bebop vocabulary than Joe…

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5 Dizzy Gillespie Licks for Jazz Guitar

One of the greatest jazz improvisers of all time, Dizzy Gillespie left a legacy that continues to this day as new generations of fans discover his recordings, including guitarists of all backgrounds and experience levels. While many of us love Dizzy’s solos, we may not be sure of where to start when translating these lines…

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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…

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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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