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    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks

    Hi all

    Just passing along a new article I published yesterday. Each of these licks are examples I use with my student's on create jazz lines only using notes from the major scale.

    Here is the link

    3 Must Know Jazz Licks - JamieHolroydGuitar.com

    Thanks
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    I don't buy this "must know" nonsense, it creates the impression for novices that "must know" means what it does when you say you "must know" basic chord grips, arpeggios, or scale positions. These things are way closer to "must knows", whilst a coupla cliched licks that no good player would dare use these days is way closer to "must avoid" !

    ... ok, I'm exaggerating... but why not just say " here's a coupla handy licks that beginners might find interesting"... ? I'll wager there are thousands of great jazz guitarists that don't know those licks....

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    I agree about the power of the major scale.
    "As for me, all I know is that I know nothing." - Socrates
    "Every chord is every other chord." - Anon

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    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks-must-know-major-scale-jazz-licks-example-3-1024x372-jpg

    I think the most important thing in that lesson could be the way this lick was written down. Guess it's good example of what Bird and alike bunch did with rhythm.

    The natural way, for me at least, would be: pause + 1/8 + 6 /8 + triplet + 2/8
    Instead, he has: pause + 1/8 + 5/8 + triplet (on off beat) + 1/8 + 2/8,

    Effectively sounding like: 6/8 (starting on off beat) + triplet (on off beat) + 1/8 (pick up) + 2/8 (be-bop).
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    Gosh, is that it? Wow. Try this:

    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks-untitled-jpg

    Or this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladan View Post
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    I think the most important thing in that lesson could be the way this lick was written down. Guess it's good example of what Bird and alike bunch did with rhythm.

    The natural way, for me at least, would be: pause + 1/8 + 6 /8 + triplet + 2/8
    Instead, he has: pause + 1/8 + 5/8 + triplet (on off beat) + 1/8 + 2/8,

    Effectively sounding like: 6/8 (starting on off beat) + triplet (on off beat) + 1/8 (pick up) + 2/8 (be-bop).
    LOL, jsut checked that lesson again and found out that in the mean time author have changed notation for the lick. - Off with the most important thing-. LOL!
    Now it's in the shape I described as being "natural" for me:

    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks-must-know-major-scale-jazz-licks-example-3-1024x359-jpg

    Nevertheless, I think it's a good lesson all together, in spite of click-bite title. Much better than someone talking for half an hour without saying anything. If the title was: "You have to be able to play these 3 licks, if you want to play Jazz", I think it would receive warmer welcome.

    EDIT: Additionally,very good exercise would be to move the triplet around. IMO, developing that one skill makes for large percentage of so-called be-bop language.
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    Thanks all - the notation has been corrected!

    Here is one for the Harmonic Minor Scale too

    3 Harmonic Minor Scale Licks for Jazz Guitar
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    Hi Jamie - proof read your article again. the raised 7 shold be D#, not B, if I'm not totally mistaken...
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    It's very easy to make mistakes.

    I make such dumb mistakes sometimes I wonder about myself.

    I compliment you on the way you handled the criticism.
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    Thanks guys - mistakes corrected. Sorry about that.
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    Thanks. My summary:

    1> Enclosure of the Tonic
    2> Descending Major 7th arpeggio to the 6th
    3> Ornithology lick with an added triplet upper neighbor tone

    Good stuff.

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    OT: Just in case somebody looking here doesn't know, the Barry Harris 5432 phrases are a must know for the major scale too.
    I also have 3 must know Bill Evans major scale phrases

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    I have one go-to riff. And, its not very good.
    Completely unhindered by talent.

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    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks

    Quote Originally Posted by rintincop View Post
    OT: Just in case somebody looking here doesn't know, the Barry Harris 5432 phrases are a must know for the major scale too.
    I also have 3 must know Bill Evans major scale phrases
    And every other scale! Those phrases in minor I like very much.

    You know, I don’t really know any of the must know stuff. I have about three licks that I play on every solo lol.

    Anyway, improvising on major chords is for chumps. Everyone knows they are jazz retardant. Play on the dominant and minor and then when a major chord comes along look a bit shifty

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    [QUOTE=christianm77;925062
    You know, I don’t really know any of the must know stuff. I have about three licks that I play on every solo lol.
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    Three is enough if you keep changing the audience.

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    licks are for dogs and cats.

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    "unzip a banana."

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    3 Must Know Major Scale Licks

    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbler View Post

    Three is enough if you keep changing the audience.

    Audience? What is ‘audience’?

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    him? no thats the bartender
    robbro

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    The Bartender definitely has better riffs that I do.
    Completely unhindered by talent.

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