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Learn how to play jazz guitar with our collection of classic jazz guitar licks, riffs and patterns. On this page you'll find more than 250 jazz guitar licks from the biggest names in jazz guitar.

 

Barney Kessel Licks

Barney Kessel was a great bebop guitar player and one of the busiest session guitarists of the 1960s (you can hear him on hundreds of famous pop albums). His most popular works are in a trio setting, "The Poll Winners" being his most popular album.

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Barney Kessel Guitar Licks

20 Classic Bebop Licks

Players such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and others brought fresh levels of excitement to their solos, ushering in a new era of jazz improvisation. In this lesson, you’ll learn 10 bebop licks, as well as the important concepts behind each lick...

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Bebop Licks

Bill Frisell Licks

Bill Frisell is a jazz guitar player with a unique sound and guitar technique. His music is a mix of jazz, country, folk and classical music. He uses guitar effects quiet a lot, especially delay, distortion and a volume pedal.

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Bill Frisell Licks

Blues Licks

While you may be familiar with how to get a blues sound in your rock and blues solos, bringing out the bluesy side of jazz might seem a bit tougher. In this lesson, you’ll learn 5 different ways to bring out a bluesy sound playing over dominant 7th chords.

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Jazz Blues Licks

Charlie Christian Guitar Licks

Charlie Christian was the first electric guitarist. He started by playing in swing bands and became one of the key figures of the bebop and modern jazz. He had a lot of influence on jazz guitar players and other musicians (such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie) as well.

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Charlie Christian Guitar Licks

Charlie Parker for Guitar

Charlie Parker, aka Bird, was a saxophone player and composer and one of the greatest and most influential jazz musicians of all time. He is one of the founders of the bebop. His playing style is very interesting material for jazz guitarists.

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Charlie Parker for Guitar

Django Reinhardt Guitar Licks

Django Reinhardt was born in Belgium and already played professionally when he was 12. Loosing 2 fingers of his left hand didn't stop him from becoming the world's most famous gypsy jazz guitar player.

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Django Reinhardt Guitar Licks

Emily Remler Licks

Emily Remler was one of the few female jazz guitar players around, but unfortunately died too soon at the age of 32. Her style of guitar playing was very much influenced by Wes Montgomery.

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Emily Remler Licks

George Benson Guitar Licks

George Benson is the master of smooth jazz guitar. Many people don't realize how good he plays the guitar, knowing him only as a soul singer. His chops and swing feel are amazing, as well as his musical ideas...

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George Benson Guitar Licks

Grant Green Guitar Licks

Known as a bluesy player, and later on a father of modern funk, Grant Green was also a talented bebop soloist who had a strong handle on bebop vocabulary and substitutions.

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Grant Green Guitar Licks

Jim Hall Licks

Jim Hall is a jazz guitarist with a very intimate tone. He is a big influence on many jazz players, including Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. Speed is not his thing, but beautiful melodies and advanced harmonies certainly are!

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Jim Hall Guitar Licks

Jimmy Raney Licks

Jimmy Raney was a bebop influenced guitar player with a cool jazz tone. His most famous work was with Stan Getz and his son Doug Raney.

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Jimmy Raney Guitar Licks

John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie is a subtle and lyrical jazz guitarist, who is at is best in trio or duo settings. Check out these 2 minor licks...

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John Abercrombie Guitar Licks

Joe Pass Licks

Joe Pass was the master of solo jazz guitar. He started playing professionally when he was 14, but unfortunately got on the wrong track and became an heroin addict. Luckily he recovered and became one of the most famous jazz guitar players.

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Joe Pass Guitar Licks

John Coltrane for Guitar

John Coltrane was a saxophone player and one of the most important figures in jazz music. In his short career he played with people like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman.

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John Coltrane for Guitar

John McLaughlin Guitar Licks

John McLaughlin is an acoustic guitarist who blends jazz, rock and Indian music. He was the guitarist of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and also played with Miles Davis. John McLaughlin has a very impressive guitar technique.

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John McLaughlin Guitar Licks

John Scofield Licks

John Scofield is arguably one of the big 3 of modern jazz guitarists. He played with big names like Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Scofield has a very personal style and sound and some interesting techniques...

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John Scofield licks

Kenny Burrell Licks

Duke Ellington once called Kenny Burrell his favorite guitar player, so, what more is there to say? His style has blues, latin and bebop influences, a blend that makes him a master of smooth jazz guitar.

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Kenny Burrell Licks

Kurt Rosenwinkel Licks

Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the most respected jazz guitarists of the East Coast. He played with jazz greats like Paul Motion and Joe Henderson.

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Guitar Licks

Larry Carlton Guitar Licks

Larry Carlton is a very successful studio musician. He played on many famous albums from people and bands like Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Lee Ritenour and many more. He is influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and B.B. King.

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Larry Carlton Guitar Licks

Lee Ritenour Licks

Lee Ritenour is a popular studio and session guitarist with an impressive solo career. He is the pioneer of the style called smooth jazz (a mixture of pop jazz and latin).

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Lee Ritenour Licks

Mike Stern Licks

Mike Stern is another one of those guitarists that were discovered by Miles Davis. He's a versatile jazz/fusion player with a very personal sound.

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Mike Stern Licks

Miles Davis Licks for Guitar

Miles Davis was a trumpet player on top of almost every important innovation in jazz. Here's the theme of So What, a famous modal composition.

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Miles Davis Licks for Guitar

Pat Martino Licks

Pat Martino learned how to play superb jazz guitar twice. He forgot how to play guitar after brain surgery, but that didn't stop him from being an innovative jazz guitarist with an impressive technique.

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Pat Martino Licks

Pat Metheny Licks

Pat Metheny must be one of the most versatile musicians alive. His technique and timing are incredible and he seems to master every style. Here are 6 Pat Metheny licks for you...

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Pat Metheny Licks

Robben Ford Jazz Licks

Robben is a well known blues guitarist, but he has a jazzy side as well. He toured with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and the Yellowjackets.

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Roben Ford Jazz Licks

Wes Montgomery Licks

Wes Montgomery is without any doubt the most influential jazz guitarist ever, and it is easy to hear why. Here are 8 guitar licks in the style of Wes Montgomery for you...

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Wes Montgomery Licks

The Never Ending Jazz Guitar Lick

Here's a guitar lick that is a good exercise to learn common chromatic patterns in the Dorian scale.

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"The Lick"

"The Lick" is a jazz cliche you can hear literaly everywhere!

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5 Essential ii V I Guitar Licks

In this lesson you'll learn 5 classic ii V I jazz guitar licks that you can use to bring a sense of jazz vocabulary into your improvisation.

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Various Jazz Guitar Licks

Jazz Guitar Patterns

Guitar Patterns are small melodic or rhythmic building blocks for your guitar solos. They are easy to memorize and very useable in your improvisations.

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Jazz Guitar Patterns

Jazz Guitar Licks Per Chord Type

Here are a bunch of jazz guitar licks for various chord progressions and chords (with guitar tabs).

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Various Jazz Guitar Licks

 

 

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