Watch the Flat 6 online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 Jazz Rock Licks You MUST Know
While studying jazz in college I was always blown away by the great lines I heard tenor saxophonists playing around me. Fortunately, some of them turned me onto some great licks and harmonic concepts stemming from legendary saxophonists Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer and of course John Coltrane. It also helped having resources like Barry Greene and Bunky Green around!
I like to refer to this as my "secret weapon" lick. It’s based on the D Major Pentatonic b6 scale (D - E - F# - A - Bb). This is a scale that is taken from the D Mixolydian b6 mode of the G jazz melodic minor scale. In general, this scale sounds especially great when played one step higher than a non resolving dominant 7th chord. Specifically, a Dominant 7#11 chord. In relation to C7#11 this D Maj pentatonic scale lick covers the (9 - 3 - #11 - 13 - b7) of the chord. Simply put, if you play this scale up a whole step from a dominant 7th chord you will definitely turn heads. "