Welcome to Piglet Music’s “Jazz Lick of the Week”.

Here I will post some nice jazz lines to try, and if you like them, add them to your “jazz vocabulary”.
Keep a regular eye on the page and you’ll find easy to difficult, and dixieland to mainstream to be bop lines, and I will aim to provide backing tracks to play them to.
I keep an archive of all previous Lick Of The Week pages HERE.

For some more “in depth” jazz improv training, check out my Improv Books Here

But let’s get on with……….


In this edition (as well as the next) I’ll look at the bridge of “Rhythm Changes”
For anyone new to the progression, the term rhythm changes comes from the fact that it’s the chords to “I’ve Got Rhythm”. The progression has been used most famously in the be bop era, with tunes such as “Anthropology”, “Moose The Mooch”, Oleo, and plenty others.
The form is AABA, with the B section “the bridge” consisting of a cycle of Dom7 chords leading back to the tonic. The bridge is the section that takes us furthest away from the tonic, so I’ll focus on that here.

So this week I’ll include some beginner lines (including basic be bop patterns), through to medium level.
Next edition I’ll look at a few more lines, including a pentatonic line to “take it out there” somewhat.

Sax and Trombonists – I’ve even been able to organise some real sax examples by Tom Pulford (one of the best in the country), & bone (TBA).
(This accounts for the many tracks on this page. See your respective PDF to guide you to your instrument’s tracks)

Here’s the links:

Bb Treble PDF
C Treble PDF
Eb Treble PDF
C Bass clef PDF

Rob Booth

Track #1 (Backing track – slow)

Track #2 (Backing track – fast)

Track #3

Track #4

Track #5

Track #6

Track #7

Track #8 (sax demo track)

Track #9

Track #10

Track #11

Track #12

Track #13 (Bone demo track)

Track #14

Track #15

Track #16

Track #17



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If you haven’t yet watched these clips, have a look for a bit more improv direction.

Improv for Beginners



But most of all, please check in for our upcoming Jazz Licks”