Jazz Lick Over Giant Steps

Hey, how’s it going this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, we’re looking at some lines over “Giant Steps”, John Coletrane’s standard, today. These will be some licks that will get you through those first four bars. They are original lines here that I wrote and I want to have you practice them and it will help develop your ear and also just show you how to navigate chord changes on the guitar.


The first lick we’re looking at here is coming off a B major 7. We’re going to go… So this is 1-2-4-1 and this is a real crazy line for D7. It’s 5-2-3-2 and then you resolve to G major 7. And then up a 6th here to E, the 2nd fret. And then that kind of just outlines… I’ve got 3-2-5-4, pull-off and that’s going to B flat
because after that G, B flat 7, going to B flat major 7. So you have — and that’s a typical bebop thing. You might have that kind of sound. That’s a cool lick coming off E flat, so 5-4-6-6-3. Slowly, one more time.

Then, as a variation, which this is what’s written in the tab, you go… Which would be 4, slide to 6 and then 8-6-8. So that whole lick would come out of the voice leading finger, this riff. And then you do a 2nd, 5th, 1st and you can resolve here. So this would be 4-5-8-5-7-5-7-5 and then you can resolve here because the next chord is G major 7. So that would be dropping that last note, 5, down a half step to 4 to finish the phrase. So the whole lick slowly is… So a really cool line. Get’s you through the first four bars and click the link below and make sure to subscribe on our You Tube Channel and we’ll see you in our next video lessons, thanks for watching.

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