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Jazz Blues Lick over C7 Progression

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Here's a jazzblues lick that works well in several spots in a blues progression. The key is C, so the I chord is C7, the IV chord is F7, the ii chord is Dm7 and the V chord is G7. Try playing this over a regular guitar blues as well, not just over a jazz blues progression as in this video. This type of lick is very easy to reuse. Change a note here and there, or change the timing/phrase a bit and make it your own. Enjoy!

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Comments on this video lesson:

Robert said...

It's called "Walking Blues". Key of C.

Comment added on May 02, 2014
Jean Pierre said...

hello. very interesting lesson. thank's for it.

I'm a new owner of a jm4 looper . can you tell which settings did you use for the back track (I guess it ' s a preset but which one?)

Comment added on May 02, 2014
Tommy Choquette said...

Keep up the great lessons. I will certainly try to do my part.

Comment added on October 12, 2012
Alex said...

Hi, Robert. Thanks for the last Blues Jazz Lick over C Blues. Yes, it's quite good sounding and i'll try to use it.

Comment added on July 06, 2012
mark hughes said...

always good with the slow version of the lick

Comment added on June 09, 2012
Chuck said...

Great lesson Robert... love that lick. I also really like your tone. I know that you have a link to your gear on this page. Could let us know what gear you are using and your settings for achieving this great tone?

Comment added on May 03, 2012
John C. said...

as always, very cool...

Comment added on March 23, 2012
Clu said...

Good job Robert. Good timing and and note inflection with some nice chord-slide accents. With a little effort these kind of licks can make a guitar player sound like a seasoned jazz pro in a short time and give them something to use over and over again with some variations. I appreciate the lesson.

Comment added on April 09, 2011
laura said...

Thanks Robert. Once again a great lesson.

Comment added on January 08, 2011
Mark said...

Excellent!like the ideas keep them coming,this is going to be very useful.simple yet effective Thanks

Comment added on January 07, 2011
Terry said...

...love this guitar style... sort of "uptown blues" with swing... always like the sound of a repeated lick over the I, IV V blues chord progression... brilliant lesson Robert.

Comment added on January 07, 2011

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