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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks #2 - Double Stops

In today’s Jazz Guitar Chord Lick lesson, we’ll be checking out a double-stop organ-style phrase that brings to mind the chord solos of players such as Jimmy Smith, George Benson and other organ trio masters.

In today's Jazz Guitar Chord Lick lesson, we'll be checking out a double-stop organ-style phrase that brings to mind the chord solos of players such as Jimmy Smith, George Benson and other organ trio masters.

Sometimes we feel the need to learn four and five note chords in order to create chord solos over our favorite tunes, but this isn't always the case. Often it's easier, and better sounding, when we focus on two and three-note chord licks in our solos.

Check out the following lick for an example of how you can take a two-note phrase and turn it into a solid-sounding chord soloing line.

Things To Notice in This Jazz Guitar Chord Lick

Here are a few points that I bring out in the video lesson that you can take and apply to your practice and performance to allow you to create jazz guitar chord licks like this in your solos and comping.

* The use of the Bb Pedal note to create an organ sound on the guitar

* How the Bb major triad Bb-D-F over Bb7 changes to a Bb minor triad over Eb7, Bb-Db-F, this is a common jazz technique when soloing over the first four bars of a blues

* The F and Ab notes that are used over both the Bb7 and Eb7 chords

* How the phrasing makes the lick work, the use of space between each line to help frame it rather than running straight 8th notes

Jazz Guitar Chord Practice Tips Once you have checked out the video lesson and tab/notation for today's jazz guitar chord lick, try working on different ways of practicing and applying this lick to your playing.

Here are a few ways that you can practice this or any chord lick to get you started.

1 Practice the lick in the key of G at a variety of different tempos

2 Practice the lick all 12 keys across the fretboard

3 Practice the lick in all 12 keys and at a variety of different tempos

4 Work on applying this lick to a tune that you are working on by inserting it into your solos and comping ideas over that tune

5 Start to add in notes and chords of your own to the lick, change the rhythm, take notes out of the lick, basically vary the lick to make it sound less like my lick and more like your own lick

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Check this jazz guitar chord lick out in the practice room and then bring it out to a jam or gig to see how it fits into a musical situation. What do you think of this lick? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Edit - licks and Tab are on the following screens, not on a separate page.]