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Bebop Blues Lick in all 12 Keys


Bebop Blues 2Bebop Blues 3Practice this bebop blues lick in all 12 keys. As a jazz musician, it’s important to have a good handle on the blues and know how to improvise over it well. This lick incorporates blues and bebop language together and helps you practice the I7-IV7 chord progression.

We often talk about the importance of practicing in all 12 keys. Practicing in all 12 keys (C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E-A-D-G) can help you memorize and internalize jazz language. It can also help you break barriers on your instrument and help you navigate it better.

Make it a goal this week to practice this lick in a couple of different keys each day!

Download the pdf for the Bebop Blues Lick in all 12 Keys.

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


    • Hi Jonas, thanks for commenting! Because our stuff is not just for guitar, but all instruments, we don't include tabs. It would be difficult to try to accommodate every instrument. Hope that's understandable!


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