EXAMPLE1 BEBOP TO ROCK (5 LICKS)
Perhaps our first example illustrates the ‘jazz-rock’ combination best, as this concept is to essentially shift, midway through a specific musical phrase, from something resembling a typical bebop line to a lick that would make Jimi Hendrix proud. The trick to making jazz concepts and vocabulary work in a rock context is often down to how you enter and end a phrase. We’re used to
GUITAR TECHNIQUES MAGAZINE 2 6 7 hearing all manner of bends, slides and numerous other expressive devices tagged onto the end of phrases, and you can also extend this principle to the beginning of a line. Mike Stern is a chief exponent of this kind of approach, but you can also hear it clearly by session aces Steve Lukather and Michael Landau. I’ve presented five musical phrases all based around A Dorian (A-BC-D-e-F-G), with miscellaneous decorative chromatic embellishments and situated around each of the five CAGeD shapes for this tonality.