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Watch the Soul Jazz Licks online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 9: Advanced Lick Vocabulary

Soul Jazz grooves are wide open and great fun to play over because the rhythmic and harmonic framework is relatively simple thereby providing a highly improvisational landscape to work with. Learn these 3 soul jazz licks from Tom Dempsey, pump up the accompanying jam tracks and have yourself a ton of improvisational fun.

TIP! Guitar playing is a lot about what you know and understand. Without that you are just fumbling around on the fretboard.

A good way to keep track of all the concepts and different approaches you are going to be working on is to keep a practice notebook handy and jot down these ideas. Your notes can be as simple as "Use the Major pentatonic over a Major chord" or more difficult concepts like chord substitutions. Whatever they are - make notes and review them frequently. Most concepts are things that you will use time and time again throughout your playing career, so keeping track of them all is imperative.

Eventually these concepts become subconscious knowledge like putting one foot in front of the other as you walk across the room, but until then, constant review and repeated use will make sure you are not forgetting or overlooking anything.