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Jazz Connection - Friday - Week 4

Today's lick is a departure from previous ones this week. It demonstrates the classic jazz guitar technique of walking bass lines with chords. It uses a standard turnaround chord progression in C (Cmaj7-Am7-Dm7- G7) This one chord lick can start you well on your way to understanding and playing bass lines combined with chords in other progressions and tunes. Before you try to tackle the entire lick, first learn the chord voicings. They are the three notes shown together in the tab AND the bass note immediately before. For example, the first Cmaj7 is the C on the 5th string and the E, B and G on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings. The first four chords are the basic turnaround. The next four chords (E7#9-A7#5-Dm9-G7#5) are variations of the first ones. Once you learn all the individual voicings learn the bass line next. Ignoring the 3 note chords, play just the quarter-note bass tones. Practice the bass line with Jam track. When you are ready, combine the bass line with the chords. This technique works best if you pick with your right-hand thumb and fingers. Check out the video demo of my right hand. Try to sustain the chords as long as possible while grabbing the next bass note. You probably have noticed that I use my left thumb to play several of the bass notes. Lots of players do this, however, the entire line can be played without your thumb using left fingers only.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick off
Key: A Major
Video: lick picking


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