10 John Scofield Jazz Blues Licks With Tabs, Video and Audio

You will find in this lesson 10 John Scofield jazz blues fusion guitar licks with tab and YouTube video. These lines are transcribed from the solo of "Little Walter Rides Again", live at Estival Jazz Lugano 2007 with the trio John Medeski (Keyboards), Billy Martin (Drums) and Chris Wood (Bass).

This tutorial demonstrates how John Scofield used to mix pentatonic scales, blues scales and altered notes in order to create very modern jazz lines rooted in blues music.

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Lick 1

This first John Scofield pattern is quite easy to play. It built with the Bb minor blues scale with a passing tone (3rd) between the minor third (b3) and the fourth (4). 

Lick 1 - 0:11

Lick 2

This second line starts with a quartal arpeggio (F, Bb, Eb). The rest of the lick is mainly built with the Bb minor pentatonic scale with an added major third (D). 
Lick 2 - 0:43

Lick 3

Bb minor pentatonic scale once again for this line with a supplementary b5 (E) in the second bar.

 Lick 3 - 1:43

Lick 4

This line consists in playing two short patterns made of the five same notes (Ab, D, F, Db, Bb) taken from the Bb Dorian mode. 
Lick 4 - 2:44

Lick 5

This jazz blues dominant line starts with a short chromaticism (D, Eb, E, F) to target the fifth (F) of Bb. You can hear notes from the Bb minor pentatonic scale with three added notes (in the first bar) that are the major third (D), the diminished fifth (E) and the major seventh (A) (in the second bar).

Lick 5 - 3:18

Lick 6

This sequence implies notes of the Bb Mixolydian mode, which is an obvious choce when improvising over non-altered dominant chords. In the first bar, two notes, the fifth and the root (F and Bb), are alternate to create a repetitive pattern. In the second bar you can hear a Bb inverted major triad (F, Bb, D). 
Lick 6 - 3:58

Lick 7

This line is a good example of how John Scofield approaches chromatically some notes of Bb7. The first target tone is the minor third (Db) approached from above by D, considered being the major third of Bb. The second target tone is the thirteenth (G) approached with a half-step from above (Ab) which is actually the minor 7 (b7) of Bb. The third target note is once again the minor third (Db) approached from above by D (major third).

Lick 7 - 5:00

Lick 8

The sharp eleventh / diminished fifth (E) against Bb7 brings a little bit of tension to the first part of this line. In the second part the ninth (C) brings an interesting color. To resume, adding a sharp eleventh and a ninth to the minor pentatonic scale will helps you to come out of the classic minor pentatonic sound.
Lick 8 - 5:40

Lick 9

As it is shown in the first part of this transcription, John Scofield used to play octaves surely inspired by Wes Montgomery's playing.

Lick 9 - 6:22

Lick 10

This last John Scofield lick starts with a Bb minor triad (Bb, Db, F). The lick in the second bar can be seen as a Bb major pentatonic scale with two blue notes, the major seventh (A) and the minor third (Db).
Lick 10 - 7:25

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Last edited: 2020-09-24


  • Kevin Dulery
    • 1. Kevin Dulery On 2024-05-13
    Awesome work, is there a way to get the PDF?
    • jazz-guitar-licks
      • jazz-guitar-licksOn 2024-05-13
      Thanks, no PDF at this day....maybe soon.

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