10 Pat Martino Jazz Guitar Licks - Solo Transcriptions With Tab and Analysis

This lesson provides 10 short and easy jazz guitar licks transcribed from Pat Martino's solo on the jazz blues tune "Cisco" from the album El Hombre (1967). This tutorial show how Pat Martino's uses important scales and modes found in jazz as the minor pentatonic scale, the Dorian mode, the Mixolydian mode and the harmonic minor scale over dominant and minor chords.

Personnel : Pat Martino (Guitar) Danny Turner (Flute) Trudy Pitts (Organ) Mitch Fine (Drums) Vance Anderson (Bongos) Abdu Johnson (Congas)

Before tackling the licks let's take a look at the chord structure of Cisco. This is a 12-bar blues in G implying four thirteenth chords (G13, F13, C13 and Bb13), two minor chords (Bbm7, Am7) and one altered dominant chord (E7#9). Here is the chord progression for the solo:

G13 - F13 | % | % | % | 

C13 - Bb13 | % | G13 - F13 | G13 - E7#9 |

Bbm7 | Am7 - Ab13 | G13 - F13 | % |

10 Pat Martino Jazz Guitar Licks (Cisco) - Lesson With Tab and Analysis

Pat Martino - Cisco

Lick 1

This first line is built with the G minor pentatonic scale (G - Bb - C - D - F) and played over G13 and F13.

Pat martino lick 1

Lick 2

This second lick is made of D Dorian (D-E-F-G-A-B-C) with an approach tones (Db) to target D.

Pat martino lick 2

Lick 3

G minor pentatonic once again over G13 and F13.

Pat martino lick 3

Lick 4

Here you can hear the C Mixolydian mode (C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb) over C13 and Bb13 with a chromatic passing tone (D#) between the ninth (D) and the third (E). 

Pat martino lick 4

Lick 5

This phrase starts on E7#9 with a short pattern going to a long line using the Bb Dorian mode (Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-G-Ab) over Bm7.

Pat martino lick 5

Lick 6

Here again, G minor pentatonic over G13 and F13.

Pat martino lick 6

Lick 7

Another easy short line using the G minor pentatonic scale over G13 and F13. Notice the slides to approach the tonic (G) and the fifth (D).

Pat martino lick 7

Lick 8

Here is a four bars lick using a repetitive serie of hammer-ons implying three notes (F-G and Bb) over G13 and F13, then C Mixolydian (with passing tones) over C13 and Bb13. It ends with G melodic minor scale (G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F#) over C13 and Bb13.

Pat martino lick 8

Lick 9

Four different scales and modes are used in this lick. Bb Dorian over Bbm7, A Locrian (A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F-G) over Am7(b5), Ab Mixolydian (Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-Gb) over Ab13 and G minor pentatonic over G13 and F13 to finish.

Pat martino lick 9

Lick 10

This G minor blues lick implies of a 1/4 bend on Db while playing F, thus providing a major third interval.

Pat martino lick 10
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Last edited: 2021-04-30