Watch the Minor Vamp online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 50 Jazz Guitar Licks You MUST Know
This riff explores the use of a major 6th over a minor chord, a sound you may recognize from Miles Davis' quintessential recordings. A minor's major 6th is F#. Try moving the pitch of this riff around; it really shines across octaves. Singling out the major 6th over a minor vamp also was a favorite move of guitarists Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt.