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Watch the Licks To Riffs Guidebook: Jazz online guitar lesson by Ton van Bergeijk from Licks to Riffs Guidebook: Jazz

Hi, I'm Ton Van Bergeijk, and welcome to the Licks to Riffs Guidebook: Jazz. In the blues edition of this course, we had a look at how to turn licks into riffs for simple blues & jazz blues. We showed you what to change in a lick in order to make it fit another chord.

In the jazz edition, we'll dive deeper into jazz blues, have a look at rhythm changes, minor & diminished changes, different concepts of riffs, and riffs over a non-standard chord progression. Once you've gone through the additional concepts in the first part of this course, you'll be able to adapt your licks to any song you may encounter. We'll then study 9 essential licks and turn them into riffs; each on a jazz-blues and rhythm changes. We'll then put them to work in two jazz standards, on the progressions of "Sunny Side of the Street" and "Indiana".

Riffs are such a versatile & powerful tool to lift up your song — enhance song-identity, accompaniment, solo lift-off and solo support. Whether you're a soloist using riffs to give structure to a solo, or an accompanist providing a strong background for singers & soloists, riffs are a challenge for any musician. Let's get those riffs under our belt.