5 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You MUST Know

5 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You MUST Know

These 5 free guitar lessons are from Frank Vignola’s 30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks, which will stoke your vocabulary with very versatile licks, all of which are easily translatable across a variety of jazz styles, changes, and keys.

Frank covers a wide palette of styles and techniques incorporating greasy double stops, up tempo bebop phrasing, flat-nine flurry approaches, diminished lines, sax-inspired phrasing, octaves, whole tone scales, chordal approaches, sweep picking, chromatics, passing tones, legato, sliding, B3 organ emulation and much more.

Frank demonstrates all of the licks over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down note-by-note emphasizing the techniques you’ll need to get a grip on to play them correctly.

30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You Must Know: Flat Nine Sharp Nine

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In this lick, we’ll utilize the sharp 9 and flat 9 over the 5 chord going to the 1 chord. A very typical harmonic approach in bebop.

30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You Must Know: Bebop Sax Licks

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This lick combines blues and bop in a saxophone style line reminiscent and inspired by the likes of Sonny Stitt, Billy Mitchell, and Charlie Parker. It’s a 2-5-1 progression in the key of G. Notice the laying back on the beat approach.

30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You Must Know: Smooth Sweeper

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Here’s a classic smooth jazz style lick over a 2-5-1 in the key of G. This lick utilizes sweep style picking for the triplet phrase which can allow us to play the triplets at a faster pace.

30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You Must Know: Greasy Doubles

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This lick uses double stops. Time to get down and dirty with this lick over a 2-5-1 in F minor. Bluesy, dirty sound is what I was going for with this lick. Notice the G min(b5) arpeggio over the 2 chord.

30 Smokin’ Jazz Guitar Licks You Must Know: Smokin’ Flurry

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This lick uses a flat 9 flurry over a 2-5-1 in E minor. The lick starts with a simple phrase, then some space ending with a flurry of notes in the flat 9 tonal center.

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