One of the best ways to practice Jazz and to learn to play better solos is to work on writing jazz licks. When you are composing licks you are working on how you can use the material that you can practice and really figuring out how to get it to sound great in a solo.
This video takes you through working on this in steps or levels and talks about important techniques you can use to make what you write sound better.
In this video, I am going to break down 6 levels that you can work on writing licks and discuss:
- How you get started writing jazz licks
- What does it mean to have a lick that follows the changes
- How do you incorporate Arpeggios and chromatic melodies
- What makes it sound like Jazz
- How to get more surprising melodies in there.
0:18 Writing Licks and Solos as a way of practicing
0:33 Scary White Papers with empty lines
0:48 Level 1 – The Scale and Connecting to the changes
2:11 Why it is good to keep it simple
2:41 Bebop Scales – it is a bit too systematic
3:11 Level 2 – Arpeggios of the chords
4:17 Level 3 – Arpeggios as Frames for lines
6:00 Level 4 – Arpeggios from the 3rd and Chromaticism
6:20 Arpeggios from the 3rd
8:19 Different way to use chromaticism
9:11 Level 5 – Octave Displacement
9:20 Rhythm and Joe Pass etudes
10:21 Explaining Octave Displacement on an Arpeggio
12:15 Level 6 – Suspending Chord Tones
12:37 Chromatic enclosure as a suspension
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