Jazz Guitar Licks: How to Play The Bebop Lick – the one jazz line everyone should know!


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    Oh yes! BUT you will have to change some notes within the scale to fit C minor. Here's the straight "shortcut": Think of Cm as Cm7-F7 (a ii-V progression) … then use the bebop lick on the F7 scale: F G A Bb C D Eb F … so the lick from the video goes: F E Eb G … D.

  2. Digiu2

    Can I use this over a C minor scale with a Bossa Nova backing track? For some reason I loved this lick.

  3. Henrique de Paula

    Thanks a lot, awesome great lesson, have taken all the points that I need to understand it, made it so easy!

  4. aikido15m

    this is the kind of music i have been looking for. amazing, but very hard to play

  5. dayum73

    @jazzguitarlessonsnet Aha theres even a facebook page for the lick!? Oh man that's crazy!

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    @williamr5101 Fortunately (or unfortunately), this lick is used basically everwhere. Where I'm playing it in the video is on good old G7. It works well on Dm7-G7 (the II-V cadence) also, but sorta works in … well, basically most progressions. You may have to change the mode/scale or the rhythms, but it fits. There's even a Facebook page for this lick, people found it in so many jazz solos that they started a catalog of its appearances!

  7. Ken Koenig

    Hey Bro…Very helpful to my playing! Another tool for my "bag of tricks"
    Thanks for sharing! ; )

  8. Lilian Istrati

    very stupid any time introduction : Hello my name is…………….. ,video lick its good ! Thanks

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    @a0308717 some more :

    it's even more interesting with the "major bebop scale" : C D E F G G# A B C

    Cmaj —> Downstrokes : C – E – G – A

    Upstrokes : B – D – F – Ab

    (so you get a C6 and a B diminished 7th!)

    You can do that with most chord types, try it!

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    Oh yes! That's a good point. Since the bebop scales should now "fit" the bar length (8 notes for each bar of 4/4) I find that having a strict alternating picking helps.

    You'll soon find out that each downstroke is a chord tone and each upstroke is an extension of some sort.

    I like to see it like this :

    C7 —> Downstrokes : C – E – G – Bb —> Upstrokes : B – D – F – A
    (so a C7 chord and a Bm7(b5) chord)

    Thanks for the nice comments!


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    @theduke45 No. I was just improvising … I'm sure you could learn the whole thing (or parts of it that you like) by ear. Try it out and let me know.

  12. coolwhales

    Great lesson! What would be the practical application of this in a Jazz improv? IE where could I use this in a I-IV-V progression in the key of A?

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