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Easy rhythm change bebop Jazz lick

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Greg London

Here is an easy to learn bebop Jazz lick that I prefer to use over rhythm changes. Of course you can use this lick over any dominant chord starting on the tonic, but this is just my personal preference.

Rhythm Change bebop jazz lick

I apologize for the really bad photo of the lick, my scanner went out on me, actually it was my laptop, but both are crap anyway.

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize this bebop lick in 12 keys:

First off, know that you’ll be starting on the tonic. Simply do a bebop standard lick starting on the tonic then going down a minor 3rd and doing the exact same thing over again. After this, do an advanced enclosure to the 3rd of the key, then simply do a diminished (stacked minor 3rds) landing on a chord tone of the next given chord.

That’s really all there is to this Jazz lick. Hope you enjoy!

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  1. joel martinez says:

    thanks,it is a great page…

  2. Jethro says:

    Hi I was just wondering if you could post a transcription of the entire line that you played in this video over the bridge on the rhythm changes? It was really good and I’d like to learn it.

  3. Sweets says:

    Glad you liked it, but you should take the time and transcribe it yourself. This would be really good ear training, trust me. The chord changes are E7 / A7 / D7 / G7 🙂

  4. jazz_dreamer says:

    Nice Bebop lick! I will begin practice this now! Just tell me one thing, where do you get this backtrack of Salt Peanuts?

    PS: I love your site, your videos and jazz. I am a trumpet player for 5 years now, and I will begin to pratice bebop using your videos as a reference. Thanks!

  5. Sweets says:

    I would search Pandora for a recording of Salt Peanuts.

    Thanks for your compliments.

  6. Will says:

    Great for guitarists too 🙂

  7. matt says:

    Is the f sharp acting as a sharp 9?

  8. Sweets says:

    Actually, the F natural is acting as the b9 of the E7 chord or the b6 of the I chord A

  9. Caymanes says:

    Great lick!!! it’s very cool, thank for show us, in the rhythm changes bridge i got run of ideas 🙁 jajaja now with lick not anymore, jejeje.

  10. Jim Laughlin says:

    Thanks for posting these licks! One of my students directed me to your site, now I’m showing it to all of them. One thing that I have them do is at the end of your licks, put a “bebop” ending. Like this lick would end with E 8th down to C# 8th, or E 8th up to A 8th. Just a variation, thanks for putting this stuff out there!

  11. Eric Mintz says:

    Thanks so much for you posts. I’ve been playing trumpet for about 5 years now and your site is taking me to a whole new level in my playing. I develop websites for a living so let me know if can give back by contributing to your site in some way.

  12. Kevin says:

    I am assuming that you are slurring this. Is that correct? Thanks for this wonderful material!

  13. Sweets says:

    I believe I am, either that or a light doodle tongue.

  14. Hi Sweets,
    I just found your site. Great playing. You’ve really got your bebop lines happening! Thanks for this post.

  15. jimjamjak says:

    Many thanks for posting this. I’ve been playing in a very amateur way for ages and recently noticed just how stale my soloing is – just a quick look at your website has put me back on the learning curve. It’s a great resource – I’m very grateful for the effort you’ve put into this site! Cheers, J

  16. David Harris says:

    Are you able to post the entire lick?


  17. Ron says:

    While the F# could be viewed as a blue note within the key of E, it actually functions more as the 3rd of F#7. Consider this passage over a turnaround in the key of A.

    | C#- F#7 | B- E7b9 |

    Great site. Great playing, man.

  18. Ron says:

    A#, rather.

  19. Sweets says:

    The lick image is in the article.

  20. Ben says:

    Thanks for your tutorials, I am a proficient classical player working on jazz and your licks are a fantastic primer to learn and practice and eventually use in soloing. I appreciate the effort you have made to help others.

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