Swing Blues Dom­i­nant Lick

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

This lick will work great in a jazz swing or blues set­ting. it’s a ques­tion and an­swer idea, each two bars long with a short pick-up into the first bar. Ob­serve how the phrases are chord-tone based as op­posed to the notes be­ing drawn from any par­tic­u­lar scale. Also, no­tice the b fre­quent use of the 3-3 move, the b b sweet sound­ing 6ths (F#), the 5s (E ) and the chro­matic con­nect­ing notes. This last point par­tic­u­larly ap­plies to the sec­ond phrase, which is based upon an A13 chord. sim­i­lar ideas can be heard in Roy Buchanan’s play­ing. licks like this sound far more so­phis­ti­cated than con­ven­tional scale-based ideas and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for de­vel­op­ing oth­ers are end­less! so be sure to come up with vari­a­tions of your own.

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