Twisting Jazz-Blues Lick
This month we see a descending jazzy-blues lick in the key of E, played against an E9 chord. Overall this can be viewed as using notes from the E blues scale (E G A Bb B D); however, there is also the major 3rd (G#) added as a chord tone and the note C# (major 6th) for additional colour. As you play through it, notice the frequent use of open strings – these are mostly used as pedal tones and are all chord tones taken from E9 (E G# B D F#). Even though the lick is generally descending, the internal line of notes changes direction quite a bit. Rhythmically, all the 8th notes should be played with a ‘swing’ feel, as indicated in the notation. After mastering this lick don’t forget to compose similar ideas of your own, in as many keys as you can.