Writing Jazz Licks – Best Way to Teach Yourself Jazz Guitar

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Using the licks, scales and arpeggios we practice is a big challenge! The best way to get new material into your vocabulary is to write jazz licks with it! That way we connect the new material with all the things we already know.

In this video I am going to show you how I write jazz guitar licks on a simple II V I in Bb major.

I will try to demonstrate the process and the thinking and write a few variations of the licks. This should illustrate how I apply different things in my jazz improvisation. In the process I will write five or six II V I jazz licks in the key of Bb with arpeggios, chromatic enclosures and altered dominants!!

Thanks so much for checking out my weekly lesson at Musicians Unite!! I hope you found this lick writing lesson helpful!!

Please check back next week for another lesson, and in the meantime please catch up with me on my website and social media pages!!


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