Playing Jazz is about learning a style and a language but it is also about finding your own voice.There are many reasons you want to write you own licks and work on your own vocabulary:
- – You want it to sound good to you (and sound like you)
- – Develop Your taste – figure out what you like and what you don’t like
- – Learn How to Incorporate New things in to your Playing
- – Practice coming up with Playable licks and material.
Composing Jazz Licks
In this video I will discuss these topics and while it is made with Jazz Guitar in mind it probably holds true for other instruments and styles as well.
Table of Contents
0:00 Intro – Why you want to write your own licks
1:08 Playing in time = Deadlines
1:44 Coming Up With Playable Lines
2:10 Example lick with a Drop2 voicing arpeggio
4:40 Learn How To Use New Material
5:11 Quartal Arpeggios Example
5:45 Three Variations
6:31 Develop Your Taste – Learning The Language
6:53 Listen to what you play – Did you like it?
7:23 Wes Montgomery Lick and variations
8:38 Make Vocabulary that Sounds like you want it to sound
8:56 Investigate what works together.
9:11 Example 1
9:47 Example 2
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