Who want's to teach me a jazzy lick in C Major(ish)?

  • Ok peeps, I have the C Major scale under my fingers and I can get down to low G (sometimes). Articulation on the low notes is hit or miss.

    As my username suggests, I lean toward 50's and 60's jazz as my home listening base. Been digging Woody Shaw lately.
    I suppose a major scale may not be best suited for jazz, so tell me what to do!

  • For starters just play a major scale in it's various modes. C-C, D-D, E-E, etc. If you do that you will be able to play all the modes. I.E. if the chord is a D minor in the Key of C major (ii) play D-D. That's a Dorian mode. Do that in all keys then you can do the same in minor.

    After that, you learn more advanced scales.

    Learn what scale goes to what chord.

    A lot of this info is given simply on jazzbooks.com under Free Jazz.

    If you want to learn licks, get transcribed solos and pick licks from them you like and learn them.
    Better yet for your own ear development and getting a more involved knowledge of articulations, phrasing, etc, do your own transcribing.

  • @Doodlin This video from Eric Bolvin is a great place to start. This is all about beginning improv - making up your own tune/licks/counter-melodies as you go. FWIW, until I started playing trumpet again ("comeback" still feels pretentious to me) about 7 years back, attempts at getting started with improv never took off. This video really opened my eyes and after first watching it, I spent 3 very happy hours noodling with what I'd learned in ten minutes.


  • Explore the blues scale.

  • Thanks! Good stuff. So . . . . . . . after today's lesson, I'm back to focusing on forming the embouchure and angle of the horn. There was a kind of breakthrough today as I reached some unintentional high notes today. I may not be able to reach those notes on demand but they did feel "effortless".

  • Its always nice when that happens;)

  • Cool video. Do you have the sheet music for that first song?


  • Give an arpeggio the Clifford Brown treatment. Go chromatic upper and lower neighbor then the chord tone.
    All 8ths and swing it. Accent the bold gives a good feel.
    Db B C , F D# E, Ab F# G, C (or Db B C)

  • @Vulgano-Brother said in Who want's to teach me a jazzy lick in C Major(ish)?:

    Explore the blues scale.

    The put this into action: Spread it make it toasty and now I am talking C Jam Blues:

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