Watch the Grant's Blues online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from 30 Beginner Jazz Licks You MUST Know

In some ways, Grant Green is the Mozart of jazz and soul guitar. He died broke and alone, but more recently his music and his innovations have inspired generations of guitar players and jam bands. Grant is the father of funky jazz guitar; there is very little film of Grant live, but somehow he always manages to sound like Grant Green. Funky, soulful, tasty, and honest.  Check out Live at the Lighthouse and Matador for some inspiration.

Notice that there's a chromatic scale built into this lick - 5, b5, 4 b3, 3. Usually when we think chromatic, we think weird and avant-garde and theoretical and not funky. But the chromatic notes are the funky ones when you use them right!