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Watch the Big George online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks

While studying jazz in college I became obsessed with George Benson. I should also mention that Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and George Benson are my absolute favorite jazz guitarists. They all have their strengths but George’s strength is definitely his soul and blues phrasing. Not to mention his monstrous chops! Lick #41 “Big George” is a killer George Benson lick that I pulled from a solo on Jimmy Smith’s record “Off The Top.” George is on fire on this record. Do yourself a favor and check it out. This lick combines both A Major and A minor pentatonic. Feel free to move it to other keys once you master it.

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