of Jazz - Be-Bop Guitarists
the age of nine, Joe Pass (1929 -
'94) was encouraged to pick up the guitar by
his father. He spent most of his time
practicing and began working dances and
weddings by the age of fourteen. He
worked with such jazz giants as George
Shearing, Benny Goodman, Bud Shank, Les
McCann, Chet Baker, Johnny Griffin, Oscar
Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and
Duke Ellington to name a few. He
stands as one of the greatest jazz guitarists
ever to grace this planet.
Today's lick is reminiscent of one of
Joe's recordings, "Speak Low".
Although it's short and sweet, it will help
you with incorporating triplets into your
lines as well as improve your dexterity with hammer-ons
and pull-offs. If the pull-offs
in bar 2 sound weak, try "flicking"
your fretting finger downward as you leave the
string. In effect, that finger is
increasing the string's vibration, which
gives strength to the note.
Learn this lick and then practice to