Watch the Monkey online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 50 Eclectic Blues Licks You MUST Know

I love when a player can inject a sense of humor into their music, to me the master of this was Thelonious Monk. A musician of the highest caliber, his music could be serious with tunes like 'Round About Midnight or whimsical like "Blue Monk".

I love this particular lick that I learned somewhere along the line, most likely in college, and have used it ever since. I recently just showed it to a piano player friend of mine which made me particularly happy as Monk was a piano player. It bends your ear a bit, but that's the point.