The jazz guitarist's lexicon expands exponentially with each new generation of jazz musicians. Classic swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, acid jazz, Latin and gypsy jazz are just a few of the sub-genres that have contributed to the ever-expanding vocabulary called on by jazz players today. When improvising, its very common for players to quotes licks that they've learned from other players and instruments.
One of the keys to learning how to improvise freely is to first build a large vocabulary of licks and phrases, over a variety of jazz styles, which you’ll eventually make your own. Frank Vignola's collection of 30 Smokin’ Jazz Licks will stoke your vocabulary with 30 very versatile licks, all of which are easily translatable across a variety of jazz styles, changes, and keys.
"Guitarists have the luxury of not only learning licks from horn players but also quoting polyphonic licks from other guitar players and keyboard players. This collection of 30 licks includes many of the licks that I've developed over the years after “stealing” ideas from the greats. For example, I’ll show you licks inspired by Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Django, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and many other giants of jazz."
In this collection, 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.
All of the licks are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Frank generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get smokin' with Frank Vignola!