Blues Series – Part 5 (5-8) [LOTW #50]

I really like this line a lot because of the bebop components in it. We start off with our bebop scale which adds a passing tone in between our 1 and b7 of our mixolydian scale. I’ve reharmonized the 6th measure to be a Bb-7 chord like in a Charlie Parker blues head or Blues For Alice. We land on the third of the Bb-7 and make our way up some chord tones and finally approach the root of the A-7 and the D7, then simple do the same thing down a half step but with a different rhythmic figure. Hope you enjoy this one!

Points for practicing this lick:

  • Reharm the blues to create different lines
  • Use same melodic patterns with different rhythmic figures to spice up your solo
  • Bebop scale over dominant chords is a great tool. Add passing tone in between the b7 and 1


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