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Watch the Stella by Starlight online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Jazz Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Lesson Source: Mimi Fox's Jazz Performance

Students new to jazz/blues have a hard time realizing that repetition of a phrase, motif, or lick can be really exciting and fun! Listen to all the great jazz/blues improvisers and you will hear how often they repeat themselves. Think about this:if musicians DIDN'T repeat themselves, they would not have a signature sound! How would you tell Wes Montgomery from Pat Martino? Believe it or not, all great players only have a few special trademark phrases but it's how they USE these phrases, turn them around, displace the rhythms of them, etc. that make them great players! !