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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks #3 - Joe Pass ii V I

In today’s Jazz Guitar Chord Lick lesson, we’ll be checking out a ii V I chord soloing lick that is inspired by the classic jazz guitar chord solos of Joe Pass.

The lick  features several idiomatic lines and phrases that come from Joe's playing, as  well as chromatic approach chords that are a staple of Joe's chord soloing  lines and phrases.

Check out the  following lick for an example of how you can bring some Joe Pass chord soloing  flavor into your comping, chord soloing and chord melody phrases.

Things To Notice in This Jazz Guitar Chord Lick

Here are a few points that I bring out in the video lesson that you can take and apply to your practice and performance to allow you to create jazz guitar chord licks like this in your solos and comping.

* The ascending Cm7 lick in the first half of bar 1, a Joe Pass lick that comes up time and again in his solos

* The lick in the second half of bar one, beats 3 and 4, which is a rhythmic grouping and chord/note pattern that Joe loved to use in his chord playing

* The use of Cm7 in the second half of bar 2 over the F7 chord, extending the Cm7 chord past the barline which is then resolved into F7 on the 3rd beat of the bar

* The chromatic approach chords between the & of 2 and 3 in bar 2, and the chromatic approach between the & of 4 in bar 2 and the downbeat of the third bar. which are both items that you can take into your own playing in other licks and phrases

Jazz Guitar Chord Practice Tips

Once you have checked out the video lesson and tab/notation for today's jazz guitar chord lick, try working on different ways of practicing and applying this lick to your playing.

Here are a few ways that you can practice this or any chord lick to get you started.

* Practice the lick in the key of Bb at various tempos

* Run the lick in all 12 keys at various tempos

* Improvise over a ii V I chord progression and use the lick as much as is tasteful in your solo

* Solo over a standard such as 'Tune Up' which has a number of ii V I's in different keys and try and insert this lick as many times as taste and the musical situation allow

* Start to change the rhythm, notes, add notes in, take notes out, add slides etc. to make the lick your own and bring it from the page into the musical realm.


notation and Tablature for Joe Pass Lick on guitar

Check this jazz guitar chord lick out in the practice room and then bring it out to a jam or gig to see how it fits into a musical situation.

What do you think of this lick? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Edit - licks and Tab are on the following screens, not on a separate page.]