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The Miles Davis bouncy pattern

Posted on May 10, 2009 by Sweets

One of the things Miles Davis is known for is coming up with the bouncy pattern. Miles Davis used different variations of this pattern in a lot of the trumpet solos he played. The bouncy pattern is a very easy lick to memorize because it is based off of chromatics. No matter what note you start on its the same pattern over and over again based off the chromatic scale.

Miles Davis bouncy pattern - Jazz lick 25

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize the Miles Davis bouncy pattern in 12 keys:

Since this is a chromatic lick, you’ll only need to learn it in one key depending on which note you start on. Just remember that the lick is going down in half steps with a half step between each half step. I also encourage you to mess around with the pattern and come up with some ideas of your own with this lick.





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  1. Grant Davis says:

    Cheers very much, I’ve found this very nice!

  2. Robin says:

    Thanks so much for the great material on your site.

    I was wondering why this is called the bouncy pattern. Is it a reference to a Miles Davis tune? If so it’s not one I’ve heard of.

    The lick sounds very familiar, but I can’t figure out where I first heard it. Can you give an example of a tune Miles used in on?

    Sweets Reply:

    I believe they call it the bouncy pattern because it sounds like something is bouncing down a hill or something like that.

    Ian Reply:

    Try Milestonse solo live at Antibes 1963 – used extensively both going up and coming down.

    Sounds fantastic if you can pull it off at a high tempo and great and as the article said for model tunes where there aren’t many changes this allows you to move around but still stay with the basic chord.

  3. dylan says:

    isnt this a clark terry lick?

    Sweets Reply:

    Clark Terry plays it too, but I think Miles Davis started it.

  4. Sven says:

    Great work, keep it up!!!!

    More Miles Davis please..!



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