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Anatomy of a Lick – Essential Jazz Lines

anatomy-of-a-lick-title-imageI think you’ll agree that studying jazz lines is an essential part of learning how to play jazz guitar.

 

While learning to play jazz lines is essential, you want to avoid becoming a “lick player,” someone who just quotes lines in their solos.

 

This is where most players get stuck; they’ve learned a handful of solid phrases but don’t know what to do with them.

 

 

If you’re spinning your wheels in your vocabulary practice, or don’t know where to start with learning jazz lines, these lessons are for you.

 

Each of these six volumes looks at a classic line from a celebrated jazz guitarist, and then teaches you that lick and the thought process behind each phrase.

 

By going that extra step with each line, you’ll grow your vocabulary and learn how to build your own great-sounding licks along the way.

 

It’s this two-step approach to learning lines that gets the most out your practice time, and allows lines to flow naturally in your jazz guitar solos.

 

 


 

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What You’ll Learn With Essential Jazz Lines

 

  • A jazz line in the style of your favorite guitarists.
  • Every musical concept used in the featured lick.
  • How to practice the featured jazz line.
  • How to practice each concept taken from the phrase.
  • A solo written out with the concepts used in the featured line.
  • And much more…

 

 

 

 

What You Get With Each Volume

 

  • Line and exercises in tab, notation, and audio.
  • Backing tracks for further study.
  • Easy to understand explanations of theoretical concepts.
  • Tips on how to organically apply each lick and concept.
  • Enough material to last months or more in the woodshed.

 

 

 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 1 – Joe Pass Blues Lick

 

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Listening to Joe Pass solo is one the most inspiring things you can do as a jazz guitarist.

 

Joe was a master of jazz improvisation; he had incredible chops, endless vocabulary, and groove for days.

 

Though his playing can be inspiring, it can also be intimidating when it comes to studying Joe’s lines.

 

Volume 1 of this series breaks down a typical Joe Pass blues line, over a dominant 7th chord, into easy to understand and apply musical concepts.

 

By looking at each concept, and creating exercises to work those concepts, you’ll erase the intimidation factor when studying Joe’s music.

 

If you’re looking to expand your soloing vocabulary, dig into Joe Pass’ musical style, and increase your musical knowledge, this volume is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This Lesson

 

  • Diatonic 3rds
  • Diatonic Triad Inversions
  • Diatonic Enclosures
  • Mixed Blues and Mixolydian Scales
  • Dominant Bebop Scale Application
  • 1235 Soloing Pattern
  • Joe Pass Jazz Blues in C Solo

 

 

If you’re a fan of Joe Pass, or of jazz guitar in general, then this is the perfect volume to begin your jazz vocabulary studies.

 

Not only will you learn a classic Joe Pass jazz line, you’ll get into the mind of one of jazz guitar’s greatest improvisers.

 

With this jazz line and the concepts behind it under your fingers, you’ll bring a healthy dose of Joe Pass’ sound to your next improvised solo.

 

 


 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 2 – Wes Montgomery ii V I

 

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Wes Montgomery was a master improviser, there’s not doubt about that.

 

His single-note lines, octaves, and chord solos are some of the most memorable on record.

 

While you may love to listen to Wes play, you may feel that his soloing concepts are beyond your reach.

 

But that doesn’t have to be the case.

 

Volume 2 of this series breaks down a Wes Montgomery ii V I line into easy to understand musical concepts.

 

By breaking down each concept, and building exercises for those concepts, you’ll study and use Wes’ soloing ideas in your playing today.

 

If you’re looking to expand your chops, explore Wes’ musical style, and expand your vocabulary, this volume is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This eBook

 

  • Approach Notes
  • Descending 3rds
  • Double Time Dorian Modes
  • Mixed Blues and Major Scales
  • Dominant and Major Bebop Scales
  • Secondary Dominant Subs
  • Bebop Diversion
  • Voice Leading
  • Wes Montgomery Blue Bossa Solo

 

 

If you’re a fan of Wes Montgomery and want to learn how he built such memorable lines, this eBook is for you.

 

Not only will you learn a memorable Wes line, you’ll dig into the thought process of one of jazz’s greatest soloists.

 

With this Wes line and the concepts behind it, you’ll bring a smooth, double time, Wes sound to your jazz solos.

 

 


 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 3 – Barney Kessel Bebop

 

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Considered by many to be one of the finest bebop guitarists, Barney Kessel was a true jazz guitar legend.

 

His solos are easily identifiable due to his strong vocabulary, unique tone, and personalized swing feel.

 

While you may be a fan of Barney’s music, you may not know where to start when studying his vocabulary.

 

In this eBook, you’ll cut to the chase and study essential concepts from Barney’s soloing repertoire.

 

By exploring and creating exercises based on these concepts, you’ll absorb Barney’s soloing ideas into your playing in an organic fashion.

 

If you’re looking to become a better soloist, explore Barney’s improvisational concepts, and have fun along the way, then volume 3 is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This eBook

 

  • 3 to 9 Arpeggios
  • Scale Patterns
  • Honeysuckle Rose Lick
  • V7#5 Colors
  • Guide Tones
  • Arpeggio Color Tones
  • Barney Kessel Take the A Train Solo

 

 

If you’re a fan of Barney’s playing and want to learn how he created his legendary solos, this eBook is for you.

 

Not only will you learn an essential Barney line, you’ll get into the mind of one of jazz’s greatest soloists.

 

With this Barney phrase and the concepts behind it, you’ll bring a sophisticated bebop sound to your guitar solos.

 

 


 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 4 – Pat Martino Minor ii V I

 

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Pat Martino is one of the most skilled, exciting, and loved jazz guitarists of his, or any, generation.

 

His solos are legendary for their fast-paced bebop lines, incredible fretboard knowledge, and endless energy.

 

While you may be a fan of Martino’s playing, you might not know where to start when studying his solos.

 

In this eBook, you cut through the weeds and study essential concepts from Martino’s solos.

 

By exploring concepts and exercises based on Martino’s solos, you bring Pat’s soloing ideas into your playing naturally.

 

If you’re looking to master minor ii V I chords, explore Martino’s soloing concepts, and have fun, then volume 4 is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This eBook

 

  • Locrian Scale
  • V7alt over iim7b5 Sub
  • 3 to 9 Arpeggios
  • Altered Scale
  • Augmented Triads
  • Melodic Minor Scale
  • Dorian Scale
  • Mixed Minor Scale
  • Minor Blues Solo

 

 

If you’re a Pat Martino fan and want to learn how he created his classic solos, this eBook is for you.

 

With this Martino lick and the concepts behind it, you’ll bring a sophisticated jazz sound to your minor key solos.

 


 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 5 – George Benson Modal

 

 

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There are few jazz guitarists that are as recognizable and accomplished as George Benson.

 

His career has spanned more than half a century and seen him move from genre to genre with success.

 

One of the genres that Benson has conquered in his playing is modal jazz.

 

In this eBook, you study essential concepts from Benson’s solos.

 

By exploring concepts and exercises based on Benson’s solos, you bring George’s ideas into your playing naturally.

 

If you’re looking to master modal soloing, explore Benson’s concepts, and have fun, then volume 5 is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This eBook

 

  • Chromatic Arpeggios
  • Rhythmic Motives
  • Pentatonic Patterns
  • Minor Bebop Scale
  • Enclosures
  • Arpeggio Patterns
  • Passing Tones
  • Double Time Rhythm
  • So What Benson Solo

 

 

If you’re a Benson fan and want to learn his soloing concepts, this eBook is for you.

 

With this Benson lick and concepts, you bring a modal jazz sound to your guitar solos.

 


 

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Essential Jazz Lines Volume 6 – Pat Metheny Outside

 

 

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Pat Metheny is a legend of modern jazz guitar, and a fan favorite of listeners and players alike.

 

With a unique tone and command of bebop and modern concepts, Pat’s playing spans the generations .

 

While you may be a fan of Pat’s writing and playing it may sound tough to figure out his soloing concepts.

 

This doesn’t have to be the case.

 

By studying this eBook, you learn a classic Pat-style lick as well as the thought process behind that line.

 

If you’re looking to master outside soloing, explore Pat’s concepts, and have fun, then volume 6 is for you.

 

 


 

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Concepts Covered in This eBook

 

  • Side Stepping
  • Blues Notes
  • Passing Tones
  • Descending 3rds
  • Lydian Mode
  • Altered Scale
  • Melodic Minor Scale
  • Diminished Scale
  • Autumn Leaves Metheny Solo

 

 

If you’re a Metheny fan and want to learn his soloing concepts, this eBook is for you.

 

With this Metheny lick and concepts, you bring a modern jazz sound to your guitar solos.

 


 

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3 Comments

  1. Mike Ranfft, October 14, 2016:

    This is a great well written study on a Joe Pass lick. What I really like is that Matt explains and gets you practicing all the elements of it, so here you are working through triads, blues scales, scale patters, enclosures etc. And really in-depth, so that you can fully integrate this to expand your own playing. If you’re like me and want to practice different elements of jazz in an accessible and organic way this really works!

  2. Antonello, November 1, 2016:

    Great, I purchased and downloaded ebook few minutes ago. I have many Matt’s ebook. They all helped a me lot to understand and play this beautiful and difficult music called Jazz. And my number one is Wes! (very good also the ebook about wes’style and books about jazz blues, I have all two!). Greetings from Italy!

  3. Bill Chalmers, March 14, 2017:

    I have purchased all six of these books (anatomy of a lick). They contain excellent material. I eagerly await the next volume becoming available.
    Many thanks to Matt for his work in putting these together.

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