Jazz Soloing Ideas

Difficulty: Medium/Advanced | Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster | Tuning: Standard

In this article I’m going to look at a some Jazz licks I have written for a simple Bbm7 to Ebm7b5 chord progression.

Example#1

|-------------|---9s10----------|
|-------11----|--------11-------|
|---6-8--x-10-|-----------12-11-|
|---x-x--8--x-|-----------------|
|---4-6-----8-|-----------------|
|-------------|-----------------|

The first lick in example#1 is very much in the style of  Wes Montgomery. Strum the octaves with your thumb for an authentic sound. I’ve just used the Bb melodic minor scale as I like the way the F note sounds over the Ebm7b5 chord. The second lick is just highlighting the notes C#, F# and Bb from the backing chords.

Example#2

|-----------------8-|-----------------|
|-8h9p8----8-9-11---|-----------------|
|-------10----------|-11-15-11-13-14--|
|-------------------|-----------------|
|-------------------|-----------------|
|-------------------|-----------------|

These two licks are based on the Eb major scale and the Eb melodic minor scale.

Example#3

|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------8-----------------|
|-------6---6h8s10----10-8s6-8p6------|
|-4h6s8---8----------------------8----|
|-------------------------------------|

The final lick is a combination of the Bb and Eb whole tone scales. Watch out for the hammer-ons followed by legato slides- I find using these a great way to get around the fretboard quickly.

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