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Friday
Feb072014

#azjazzlessons #7: How to Play Jazz Blues Like Grant Green

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

#azjazzlesson #7 #todayIlearned

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Grant Green and watched this rare clip of his solo over a bebop blues progression.

Grant Green

Building momentum

1) Use sequences to create more interest in repeated phrases

Rhythm
2) Rhythm is key. Use upbeats to create forward motion in single note lines
3) Use unexpected chord stabs between rhythmic phrases
4) Then, let the chord stabs take over a solo element. Now, you’re soloing with chords.

Line Ideas
5) Mix pentatonic scales runs with more rhythmic lines
6) Mix bebop lines that outline chord changes, blues lines, chordal phrases, rhythmic phrases for variety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsWLMUdIZk

#grantgreen #jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzguitar #guitar

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