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A bebop lick going up in 3rds with a half step in between

Posted on May 02, 2009 by Sweets

This bebop lick goes up in ascending 3rds through the bebop scale. It is kind of like one of those basic exercises you’ve learned out the of the Arbans book. The only difference is that there is a half step between each ascending 3rd. I apologize in the video I said the Jazz lick goes up in major 3rds, but as you can see the lick really goes up in major and minor 3rds.

I got this lick from The Be Boppers Method Book Volume I for B flat Instruments with CD by Wendell Harrison. This is a great book full of good bebop exercises and patterns to work on.

Bebop lick - Jazz Lick 21

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to learn this bebop pattern in 12 keys:

The lick just goes up in major and minor 3rds up the bebop scale. Try the bebop lick without the half steps in between the 3rds first. Then just add the half steps. If you are already familiar with all your bebop scales, this should be a pretty easy bebop lick to incorporate into your bag of licks.

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  1. lynn says:

    i like how the sound keep rock in man;-)

  2. lynn says:

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  3. Hugh says:

    How would you do it going down?

  4. Sweets says:

    I’ve never messed with it going down, but I’m sure it can be done.

    Just switch everything around, half step going down with 3rds in between.

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