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A dominant pattern that goes outside

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Sweets

Here is another cool outside dominant pattern that a good Jazz trombonist was kind enough to show me. This Jazz lick is easy to learn and implement into your improvised solos.

Dominant lick that goes outside - Jazz lick 28

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize this dominant pattern in 12 keys:

You can see that this dominant pattern just repeats itself over and over again going up chromatically in half steps. Just start on the tonic of whatever dominant chord you are on. The pattern is (1 b7 1  b7 5 4) memorize that pattern in one key and you will basically have the pattern memorized in all the other keys.

You can use this pattern like it is written above, or you can keep going up chromatically as far as you would like. Experiment with this lick and find how it best fits into your improvising. You really could play this Jazz lick over any chord and it would sound good.

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  1. Caymanes says:

    Hi Sweets, awesome lick sound very cool but i have a question: may i incorpored in a rhythm changes bridge ¿right? because the lick ends in a #11 and i can go half-tone to the root of the next V7…

    Thanks for the blog, it’s very helpful…


  2. Sweets says:

    Yes you can. Licks that go outside work really well over dominant chords. Because you can play just about anything over a dominant chord as long as you hit chord tones on strong beats.

    Talk to you later.

  3. Caymanes says:

    i’m a harmonica player and this blog really help me a lot!!!

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