Category Archives: Approach Patterns

Approach patterns are very important part of jazz improvisation. All the lessons in this area feature the use of approach patterns.

2 Powerful Licks Starting On the 11th

Need more licks don’t you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s free jazz lick lesson we’re going to explore a couple licks starting on the 11th of a minor chord. I think you’re really going to enjoy this lesson for a few reasons! Not only do I have notation of the licks…

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Jazz Licks Starting On Any Note (Part 2)

In today’s jazz licks lesson we’re going to learn 3 awesome licks that start on the 9th of a minor chord. This is the second article in our “How To Play Jazz Licks Starting On Any Note Series”. Armed with the ability to start your jazz improvisation on any note, you’re soloing will really become…

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Wynton Kelly Jazz Lick Lesson and Video

One of the best ways to learn how to improvise in jazz music is to study the licks and improvisation of the jazz masters. So, today we’re going to check out a super fun Wynton Kelly jazz piano lick. This particular lick has some fantastic source material in there to really get your jazz language…

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Charlie Parker Lick Lesson and Video

Here’s a free Charlie Parker lick lesson and tutorial video. I had a lot of fun shooting this one.  Make sure you also scroll down for the notation of the lick and some quick tips.  Some Cool Things About this Jazz Lick 1. The lick starts on the “and of 1”.  In general, jazz licks…

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Oscar Peterson Lick Lesson

Here’s a fun Oscar Peterson lick.  Oscar played this lick over a blues but you can throw it in over many other tunes. This little 4 bar lick is filled to the rim with all kinds of blues and jazz vocabulary. (audio and tips for learning this lick below) You can click on this lick…

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Great Red Garland Solo – Jazz Transcription

For today’s free jazz lesson we’re going to take a look at a jazz transcription of Red Garland’s famous solo on the jazz standard What is This Thing Called Love. This is one of the first jazz solos I ever transcribed and when I studied Red’s solo it paid off big time! So, let’s take…

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How To Solo Over the Jazz Standard All The Things You Are.

Would you like to be able longer jazz licks? Do you feel like your licks sometimes sound like run on sentences? How do you play those beautiful and long flowing lines that a lot of the great jazz masters play? You know the ones that always sound good no matter how long they go? Your Jazz…

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Barry Harris Jazz Piano Lick Lesson

Here’s a video lesson on how to play a Barry Harris Lick.  He played this lick over the standard “Green Dolphin Street”  Barry is one of the best bebop piano players in the world.  He was a true disciple of Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. There’s several cool things about this lick but make sure…

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