Ed Bickert has always been known for his smooth lines, advanced harmonic knowledge and great-sounding chord soloing and comping ideas. I have often commented to people that ask about Ed that I would rather listen to Ed comp than listen to most players solo, he’s just that good at it.
In today’s lick lesson, we’ll be exploring an Ed Bickert ii V I Chord Lick that features typical chords, superimpositions and rhythms from the Ed Bickert school of guitar work.
Check out the lick below and bring it into your practice routine in order to get a bit of that Bickert vibe in your next chord solo, solo tune or comping performance, taking your jazz guitar chops to the next level.
5 Things to Notice in This Lick
Here are a couple of important things that you can notice and take away from this Ed Bickert ii V I Chord Lick, besides learning the lick itself.
Try bringing these larger concepts into your practice routine as you apply these ideas to soloing over ii v I chords, other progressions and full tunes in your daily practice routine.
- The descending lower notes that are played over the static Bb and D in bar 1 of the lick.
- The anticipation of the C7 chord on the & of 4 in bar 1, landing on that chord a half beat early before the 2nd bar.
- The ascending melody line, from the C Mixolydian Scale, that is then harmonized in the first half of bar 2.
- The use of C7alt in the second half of Bar 2.
- The anticipation of the Fmaj7 chord on beat 4 of the 2nd bar, landing on that chord a half beat early before the third bar starts.
Ed Bickert ii V I Chord Lick Tab and Audio
How to Practice This Jazz Guitar Lick
To help you take this Ed Bickert ii V I Chord Lick further in your jazz guitar practice routine, here are some of my favorite ways to practice this, or any, lick in the woodshed.
- Learn the lick in 12 keys using the fingering given above at a variety of tempos.
- Transpose the lick into 1 or more other positions on the neck, such as playing all of the chords on the 5432 string set etc.
- Improvise over a ii V I chord progression and use this lick as the basis for your soloing ideas, changing notes and rhythms as you go in order to adapt it to your own style and phrasing.
- Write 5 ii V I chord licks in a similar style.
- Sing the root of each chord as you play the chord lick in one, and then all 12, keys.
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