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Evolution of Jazz Guitar - Thursday - Week 3

Post Be-Bop Guitarists

Guitarist Ed Bickert (b. 1932) grew up in a musical family and consequently started his own career at the early age of eight. However, his career did not take off until he reached adulthood and began to work in clubs and studios in Toronto. He worked with many of the American jazz artists who came through town; including Red Norvo, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Frank Rosolino and Milt Jackson.

Today's lick uses takes a common minor progression Im -V - Im and adds some interesting color. The line over the five chord (G7alt) actually implies its tri-tone substitution (Db). Check out the first three notes under the G7alt: F, Db & Ab. These spell out a Db major triad using the 1st, 3rd and 5th degrees of its scale. The tri-tone interval is also known as a diminished fifth or augmented fourth. Its distance is exactly halfway around the circle of fifths. Dominant seventh chords are suitable substitutes for each other because of their common tones, the 3rd and 7th degrees of each. G7 has B and F as its 3rd and 7th; Db has F and Cb (or B) as its 3rd and 7th.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: C min


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