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Jazz Connection - Tuesday, Week 3

Here is another II-V- I melody in the key of C. Inspired by players like Howard Roberts and Joe Pass the lick begins with two 8th-note pickups followed by a D minor idea. This leads into a whole-tone/ augmented phrase over the G7 resolving to C. I alternate pick the entire line, but many players might sweep with an up-stroke the G, E and B notes towards the end of the 2nd bar for effect. When you reach the I (Cmaj7) add your own ideas using a C major or C major pentatonic scale. When you're ready, try it over the blues jam track. Refer to my intro text for the week if you don't know the jazz-blues progression. Play the lick over bars 3, 4 and 5. When you reach the I chord, in this case C7, play an F major or F major pentatonic scale. For you more experienced players, try this; transpose this lick up to Am7-D7-G, and play it again over bars 9-10 and 11. Play your own ideas during the empty bars.

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


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