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

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

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But let’s get on with……….


This week we’re going to look at some more lines over “The II V I progression”.

Whilst many of us who have been playing a while take the progression for granted, it’s not an “automatic” piece of knowledge that we aquire when we decide to take up the genre.
So for those a bit unfamiliar with the theory behind the progression, i’ve added a section to this week.

What is the II V I?? Click here for a brief harmonic background.

And for those who just want to do some playing, i’ve got enough to keep you going for a while I hope!
As promised, I’ve backed things off a little and have some lines starting for the beginner, and progressing to reasonably advanced.
Remember that the value isn’t in simply playing the line that i’ve provided (or ones that you have found yourself), but to be comfortable enough with it that you can play in in a number of keys. So I’ve included some extra tracks for you to practice the lines to.
Even if these lines aren’t quite the ones that you’re looking for, the value in playing them over different keys is huge. If it’s not easy, then it’s worthwhile! (But I assure you that these lines are great building blocks for your development.)

* Please send valuable feedback so I can tailor this page to your needs! (via “contact us” on the home page)

Rob Booth

So as usual, click on your respective link for a full pdf description/lines, etc.

Bb Treble Instruments PDF
C Treble Instruments PDF
Eb Treble Instruments PDF
C Bass Instruments PDF

Audio track #1 (example then 3x backing only)

Track #2.(example then 3x backing only)

Track #3.(example then 3x backing only)

Track #4. (Stonny Stitt actual lick fast, slowed down, then 4 x backing track)

Track #5 (example then 3x backing only)

Track #6 (4x backing only)

Track #7 (4x backing only)

Track #8 (3x backing only)

Track #9 (3x backing only)



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