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Basic pentatonic lick that moves by tritone and is great for slipping in and out of minor keys played over a C minor 7 vamp 1

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Jay Gillespie

This is a basic super hip minor pentatonic side slipping lick where I move by tritone every bar. This Jazz lick is great practice for slipping out of and back into any minor key you are soloing in. I’m playing this pattern on a Bb tenor saxophone so it will sync well on trumpet. Here […] Read the rest of this entry…

Turnaround Jazz lick that uses the b9 on V7 chords 7

Posted on October 08, 2009 by Sweets

Here’s a neat sounding turnaround Jazz lick that leans on the b9 when it’s on the V7 chord. The b9 is what makes the lick sound really cool because it makes the pattern want to go towards the next chord change. Here is a sound sample on trumpet: How to memorize this turnaround in 12 […] Read the rest of this entry…

Augmented triad pattern going down in whole steps 2

Posted on August 26, 2009 by Sweets

Here is a pretty easy whole tone pattern you can use during solo breaks, at the end of Jazz tunes, or pretty much anywhere your mind can hear a good place to put it. It is simply augmented triads going down in whole steps. As simple as that sounds, the actual Jazz lick itself sounds […] Read the rest of this entry…

Major triad pairs from the Coltrane Matrix 7

Posted on August 12, 2009 by Sweets

Here is something you can work on, it’s not the easiest pattern to master in all 12 keys, but it’s a good Jazz exercise to work. This major triad pair combination from the Coltrane Matrix can be used on a lot of different styles of music, especially modal tunes. Here is a sound sample played […] Read the rest of this entry…

A bebop exercise that will help develop your use of arpeggios 1

Posted on May 08, 2009 by Sweets

This bebop exercise or calisthenic, will help you in developing your use of arpeggios into your improvisation skills. The bebop exercise goes up the dominant scale with a half step before each arpeggio. Once you get the pattern down, you’ll be able to incorporate the pattern into a Jazz lick you can use to start […] Read the rest of this entry…

An easy Pentatonic pattern to learn in 12 keys 5

Posted on April 28, 2009 by Sweets

This is an easy pentatonic pattern to learn. This pentatonic pattern is easy to learn and use in your solos because it can also be used as an exercise as well. Here is a sound sample on trumpet: How to memorize this pentatonic lick in 12 keys: This pentatonic pattern is simply going down the […] Read the rest of this entry…

A whole tone pattern I heard Dexter Gordon play 1

Posted on April 22, 2009 by Sweets

Here is a whole tone lick I heard Dexter Gordon play. I can’t remember what album it was off of though. Here is a sample played on trumpet: How to learn the lick in 12 keys: Know that this lick is a whole tone pattern and you are just going down the whole tone scale. […] Read the rest of this entry…

A whole tone pattern I heard Claudio Roditi play on trumpet

Posted on April 19, 2009 by Sweets

This is a nice sounding whole tone lick I heard Claudio Roditi play. It simply goes down the whole tone scale with the same pattern repeating over and over again. Here is a sound sample played on trumpet: How to memorize this lick in 12 keys: Since this is a whole tone pattern, you’ll only […] Read the rest of this entry…



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