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Watch the 50 Essential Bebop Licks online guitar lesson by Sheryl Bailey from 50 Essential Bebop Licks You MUST Know

Think of the process of learning licks as the process of learning new vocabulary words - a new language. Without a common language you can't communicate to those around you. Learning licks is also a way to understand the deeper harmonic nuances of the music, and a way to open your ears to new sounds. When I first started out I learned a great lesson from the Jerry Coker book "Improvising Jazz." He suggested to create an encyclopedia of licks organized by the harmonic situation. The next step was to plug them in and get them to become a part of your musical language. I did exactly what Jerry suggested, and in time I found that I relied less and less on my book of ideas becaue I started to uncover the harmonic and rhythmic shapes behind the licks and I started to be able to truly improvise. This is what I'm presenting to you here in the course: a starting point for developing your musical vocabulary in the hopes that it will help you uncover the bigger concepts of improvisation and the sounds of jazz. I'd like to present to you some of the most important lines a jazz player needs to have under their fingers to sound authentic. These are collected from the masters: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, and Mike Stern - to name a few. These cover all harmonic situations, from major7 lines to altered dom7 ideas. I will share with you the bigger picture concepts behind these lines, and fueled with a new collection of ideas, you will have a springboard to then begin developing your own concepts and improvisations.