Watch the Breckerized online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 Jazz Rock Licks You MUST Know

Michael Brecker was a true genius of the tenor saxophone. His technical prowess, harmonic sophistication and his instantly recognizable sound have influenced multiple generations musicians. This lick is takes us through the A half-whole diminished scale ( A - Bb - C - Db - Eb - E - F# - G) and it’s one that every jazz sax player I know plays and attributes to Michael Brecker. This is definitely one you’ll want to know.

Additionally, if you’re a player who rarely uses your pinky this is a lick that will help you add that finger into the mix. Once you memorize the pattern this lick will lay nicely under your fingers on the fretboard. All four of them! Also, this is a symmetrical scale based on alternating half and whole steps. It’s typically played over a dominant 7th chord with a b9. Example: On an A13b9 chord you would play the A half-whole diminished scale. (H,W,H,W,H,W,H,W)

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