10 Kenny Burrell dominant 7th blues jazz guitar licks

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10 Kenny Burrell licks | Chitlins con carne

Here are 10 jazz blues guitar lines for beginners, easy to learn transcribed from the "Chitlins con carne" guitar solo to spice up your blues playing. The aim of this lesson is to understand Kenny Burrell soloing approach over dominant 7th chord. Try to memorize these short lines, transpose them in twelve keys and feel free to develop them by adding notes.

 

Kenny Burrell - Lick # 1

In this first lick Kenny Burell played the C minor pentatonic scale over the C7#9. Notice that the C minor pentatonic scale is made up of the following notes : C-Eb-F-G-Bb. It starts with the fifth (G) and goes on with a triplet and two 1/4 bends on beats 3 & 4. You can hear a C7#9 chord in the second bar (b7-#9-5, root and major third are left out).

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 2

C minor pentatonic again in this lick starting with the fifth (G).

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 3

Descending C minor pentatonic scale starting with the major third.

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 4

This one starts with with the flat fifth (Gb) also known as "blue note" which is present in the C minor blues scale. C-Eb-F-Gb-G-Bb.

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 5

Pretty easy...C minor pentatonic scale again

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 6

2 triplets in this one on beat 3 and 4. Be sure to slide from below to approach the G (beat 2, bar 1).

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 7

Major third (E) approached with a slide or a hammer-on. Adding the major third to the minor pentatonic scale is a common trick to improvise over dominant 7th chords in jazz and blues music.

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 8

C minor pentatonic scale.

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 9

As we saw in lick #7, you can add the major third (E) to the minor pentatonic scale. You can also add another note that belongs to the major scale, this is the major sixth (A). It can bring an interesting color. The chord in bar 2 is named C13, you can play it instead of the C7(#9).

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Kenny Burrell - Lick # 10

C minor pentatonic scale, C13 chord and major third.

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