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A 4th whole tone pattern to learn

Posted on April 19, 2009 by Sweets

This whole tone pattern alternates between 4ths and whole steps going down. Because this Jazz whole tone pattern alternates between 4ths and whole steps, you won’t be able to stay in one whole tone key.

A 4th whole tone pattern - Jazz lick 11

Hear a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize this lick in 12 keys:

Once again since this is a whole tone pattern, you will only need to learn this lick in two keys depending on which note you start on. From whatever note you decide to start on, just remember this simple formula:

Fourth, whole step, fourth, whole step, etc…

It’s that easy. You can play as much as the pattern as you’d like. It’s completely up to you. The whole tone pattern above sounds good over Dominant chords and modal tunes.

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  1. Peter says:

    I just ordered a capri getzen so I 2 can shred with the best – eventually 🙂

  2. For some reason only half of the post is being displayed, is it my browser or the site?

  3. Sweets says:

    If you are on a tag or category page only half of the post (excerpt) will display. Just click on either the title or the (Read the rest of this entry…) link to view the full post and add comments.

    Hope this helps.

  4. DAVID SMITH says:


  5. Sweets says:

    A good modal tune would be So What or Little Sunflower.

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