Charlie Parker Bebop Turnaround Lick!

Hey, everybody this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, I hope you guys are doing fantastic. What I want to show you today is a turnaround lick by Charlie Parker, who is also known as “Bird”.

Charlie Parker, was one of probably the most important bebop players of all time. This was one of his licks that he used in a turnaround. So just like in the blues, which you may know, have the same turnarounds.

Here’s a cool bebop turnaround lick in the style of Charlie Parker.

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In jazz you also have a turnaround. The chords that this lick is
going to be played over are E minor 7, A7 sharp 5, D minor 7, G7, C major 7.
And they’re just real quick like this. one, two, three, four; one, two, three,
four. And you’re in the key of C, you’re resolving.

We’re going to start out here on the 8th fret: 8, 6, 5, 4, 3; go down to the next string: 7, 6. Then up high here. So 6, 5, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 4. Again, I’m getting this nice note here, color note, over the G7: 4, 3, 6, 5, 5. And we end with this typical bebop rhythm, ending on the and of 1. To me it says bebop.

All of those elements in there are so crucial to the bebop sound. So practice this lick, move it up and down the neck in as many keys as possible and be sure the play the chords as well so that you’re going to associate the two together and you know how to use the line.

Again, for the tabs for this, just click below at the link and we’ll see you guys
in the next video. One more time, here’s the lick.

Thanks for watching.

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