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Watch the 50 Jazz-Blues Licks online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know

For blues guitarists looking to expand their vocabulary and find new ways through those twelve bars, “playing the changes” shimmers on the horizon, but the path from pentatonic sameness to heavy jazz cat-itude is often appears strewn with mystifying theoretical explanations and effete bossa renditions of “The Days of Wine and Roses.” Feh! 50 Jazz Blues Licks cuts right to the chase, offering up some of the baddest, bopping-est, and yes, bluesy-est ways to navigate through a shuffle, boogaloo, minor blues or the jazz-blues changes. You want to play standards? Knock yourself out - but please do it elsewhere. In this course, we’re here to steal fire from the soulful heights of the classic hard bop era and bring it back down to earth to shed new light on the blues - and burn up the fret board doing so!

For this course we dig deep into the 1950s and 1960s, when labels like Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside were serving up the funky, down-home music of musicians like Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and Wes Montgomery. But 50 Jazz-Blues Licks is not just about guitar players! We also dig into the styles of saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley, Lou Donaldson and Jimmy Forrest, trumpeters Blue Mitchell, Kenny Dorham and Lee Morgan, and pianists Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Peterson, and Hank Jones. As you learn to play these cool chromatic licks, altered sounds, pianistic double stops and double-time blues licks, you’ll be building a new vocabulary on the guitar, both physically and conceptually. By learning moves in the styles of various horn and piano players, you’ll be working out new ways to get around the fingerboard, even as you’re soaking up new melodic and harmonic ways to get around the chord changes.

50 Jazz-Blues Licks will have you blowing the changes through every possible transition of a 12-bar blues, from I to IV, from IV back to I, from V to IV to I, and from ii to V to I. With the material organized this way, you won’t just learn a bunch of licks - at each step of the way, you’ll know exactly how each lick works in the context of the blues progression and know exactly how to incorporate it into your playing, whether that’s over a I-IV-V shuffle, a bop blues with a iii-VI-ii-V turnaround, or a funky straight-eighths tune.