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I Turned “The Lick” Into An Awesome Jazz Solo

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So, there’s a well-known musical phrase that jazz musicians have dubbed “the lick”. People start noticing that the lick was showing up everywhere in the vocabulary of the great jazz musicians. So, there are compilation videos, memes, and fanfare around using and playing the lick.

But what happens after you go about actually learning it? How do you go about turning a lick like this into actual jazz improvisation?

Let’s start going over some strategies.

In this episode:

  1. What is a “lick”?
  2. What is “Recomposition”?
  3. Tool #1
  4. Tool #2
  5. Tool #3
  6. The huge important step to bridge the gap

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Brent Vaartstra
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."

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