Watch the A Touch of Bop online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 6: Soloing Approaches

A Touch of Bop - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Frank Vignola and is sourced from Jazz Up Your Blues.


We start with the chords. The melody introduces the concept of be-bop which is simply playing extended lines. A phrase will be played over four or eight bars using more scalar patterns and ending on tones that you wouldn't normally end on playing classic blues such as the 9th or 13th. Notice the addition of chords in the lines. Chromatic lines are also used and a great way to spice up a solo. If you have a pre-determined ending tone chromatics are easy to implement. Mixing the be-bop style with the blues using chords is discussed and examples are shown.