Here’s a Jazz lick that I took from a Kenny Dorham solo on “Donna Lee”. I like to
play over 2-5-1s or on two bars of a dominant chord that leads to the one (like on the
bridge of rhythm changes).
Here is a sample played of the Jazz lick played over Donna Lee:
How to memorize this Jazz lick in 12 keys:
The Jazz lick starts on the fifth of the minor chord and goes down the minor triad to the tonic. From there, it goes down a half step and encloses the third of the dominant chord. In the second bar, the lick starts on the fifth of the tri-tone of the minor chord (as I like to think a minor chord that’s a half step above the dominant chord) and goes down the triad all the way back to the fifth. The last two beats of the second bar is just enclosing the fifth of the one chord.
It’s a little tricky to get the sound in your ear at first, but it’s a fun lick to play!
A lot of times in today’s Jazz music musicians tend to forget to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). What I mean is they never take a break in their improv solos. Instead, they constantly play as much as possible to fit every note and idea in. I wouldn’t say this is a rookie thing to do, but if you think about the listener, they most likely don’t want to hear all kinds of notes anyway as they are trying to listen and relax. So it’s best to be creative like Miles Davis and not play too many notes. And don’t forget to use a lot of space in your Jazz solos.
What do you think?
Is it a good idea to think about K.I.S.S. when you are taking a ride or does it really even matter?
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