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Bebop lick played over a ii V7 I from Tom Harrell

Posted on July 13, 2009 by Sweets

I heard Tom Harrell play this Jazz lick, but I can’t remember where from. It’s a pretty easy Jazz lick to learn in 12 keys and to incorporate into your Jazz improv playing. I hope you enjoy and use the Jazz lick just as much as I do.

Bebop Jazz lick played over a ii V7 I from Tom Harrell.

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize the Jazz lick in 12 keys:

I think bebop scale when I play this lick. I don’t care whether or not I’m playing it over a ii V7 I or not. The Jazz lick fits over a lot of different chords. Know that the lick starts on the tonic of the bebop scale you’re on, a 5th above the ending I chord (in the above example it’s G). Go down to the b7th, then up the bebop scale to the 2nd, next go up a minor 3rd to C, then down bebop scale. Continue down the bebop scale without the major 7th until you land on a chord tone of the I chord. Which in the above example is the 3rd of C.

I also added the b9 on the V7 chord, which in my opinion sounds a whole lot cooler than just playing a regular 9 on the V7 chord. What do you think?

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  1. Greg says:

    Hey, nice bebop lick that you played over a ii V7. I’m a guitar player, and was searching for diminished licks, watched your lick for trumpet and learned it on guitar. Bookmarked your site in Reddit. May I ask.. what is the plugin on your side bar that lists your social networks.. have been looking for something like that.. Subscribed to you e-mail feed, waiting for the next nice jazz trumpet lick

  2. Sweets says:

    Hey man,

    Thanks for the nice comments. The WordPress plugin for listing all your social networks is called Dandyid.

  3. RSS feed is not working in chrome, Kindly fix it.

  4. Sweets says:

    I just checked the feed in Google Chrome, no problems on my end.

  5. Gilad says:

    Thank you very much for such good resources! I really find them very useful! If you want to use a c-bebop scale, in the key of c, over what chords would it work? Thanks

  6. Sweets says:

    C7 would be the best chord and Gm would probably be second best, but you can really play it over a lot of stuff. The reason Gm and C7 are good is because they are the ii and the V7 of F major.

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