Watch the Bebop Concepts online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 5: Lick Vocabulary

Understanding the building blocks of jazz lines, phrases and licks will accelerate your ability to grow your vocabulary and craft your own go-to licks. With that end in mind, Sheryl Bailey shares key bebop principles for arpeggios, voice leading, the swing feel, syncopation and common tones, in this section.

TIP! Like any person who speaks eloquently has a grasp of a variety of words to get their message across, so it is with licks for guitar players. The more licks you know and work on, the more you expand your vocabulary to communicate with your guitar.

When you sit down to work on licks, make sure you are taking your time. Get not only the lick itself down, but make a mental note of all the different techniques that the lick includes. Does it have bending in it? Hammer ons or Pull offs, slides, vibrato? What kind of phrasing is used? What scale is it from? What chords can it be played over? There is a lot more to a lick than just playing through it. Make sure you are really getting the most knowledge out of every lick you learn.You'll find that knowledge helpful down the road.