Jazz guitar patterns and licks

What's a lick

A guitar lick is a short musical phrase, a part of a melody, a musical idea or a fragment of a solo. A lick is transposable, it means that you can (and you have to !!) play it in all twelve musical keys. It is also transferable, which means that a lick can be played in other songs.

What's a melodic pattern

Patterns and licks have subtle differences in meaning. A melodic pattern (it can be rhythmic too) is designed to be repeated again and again and can be used to describe melodic lines that jazz musicians play when improvising over chord progressions. Musical patterns are useful devices to build improvised jazz guitar lines and solos.

This page provides links to free lesson about common jazz guitar licks and patterns (major, dominant, minor, half-diminished, diminished) with tabs, standard notation and analysis.

How to learn those lines

By working those jazz guitar lines you will expend your music vocabulary and increase your sense of improvisation. Be sure to play them in twelve keys and make them evolve in order to create your own musical ideas.

  • 5 Major Jazz Guitar Soloing Patterns - Tabs and Analysis

    Melodic patterns are very useful and important tools to expand you jazz guitar improvisation skills. You will find in this free guitar lesson 5 exercises about major jazz lines with tablature, standard notation and analysis to play over major seventh chords.