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Watch the Major Pentatonic Lick online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

Our first lick in this series is called "Charlie Come Riffin'". This is derived from the major pentatonic scale and can be played in a variety of applications.

One of the most influential jazz guitarists was Charlie Christian. Part of his trademark sound was how he used riffs similar to this one in his solos. This particular lick uses the major pentatonic scale in a way similar to Charlie's style. It's a great lick that you can use in a major setting as well as in a blues.