Oscar Peterson Lick Lesson
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)
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Here are some cool things about the lick.
Rhythm and phrasing
2. Many great jazz phrases start rhythmically on the “&” of a beat. Starting on the “&” often times creates a sense of forward motion in your soloing. It’s a common rhythmic device in jazz and swing music. Oscar starts this lick on the “& of 1”.
3. More than half of the lick features the blues scale (bars 1, half of bar 2, most of bar 3).
4. Oscar uses a 4 beat approach pattern to target the 3rd (D) on beat 1 off the Bb7 chord. He does this by starting his approach or “set up” on beat 3 of bar 2. By setting up this chord change early Oscar’s line has a definite sense of forward motion. You’ll often find this forward motion technique inside Oscar Peterson chords and chord progressions.
We also explore this concept further in our oscar peterson exercises tutorial.
6. For a full blues piano course I highly recommend this Learn Blues Piano DVD. It’s an ultimate resource for learning blues piano. Plus it’s fun 🙂
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