Jazz Funk Licks

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi GMC!

    Here is some ideas of jazz phrasing over a funk/groove backing track. The backing is a Dm7 vamp and I used mostly a mix of D dorian mode, D blues/minor pentatonic scale, arpeggios and some chromatic passing note.

    You could develop and improve your musical vocabulary by learning licks, studying solos or making solos transcriptions of guitar player, sax, trumpet etc... It's the best way of learning the Jazz articulation & vocabulary.

    Hope these licks will help you to build your own individual language.

    Some advices:

    - Rhythm placement is very important.
    - Try to make your own patterns.
    - Transpose these ones in other keys.
    - Listen to Jazz players...

    ...and of course, have fun !


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