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……….


This edition is the first of a “2 part” Blues feature.
I think it’s worth spending time on the blues because
a) it’s a good pattern to learn on
b) It’s so common in the jazz world
c) If you’re involved in a “jam” sometime it’s a safe pattern that everyone will know.

So in the pdf’s below I’ve included a few licks for beginners, a more involved solo for medium level players, and also some harmonic discussion on the pattern I’m also inviting readers to submit some of the most abstract (to a degree!) set of blues changes with an analysis for me to use in the next edition. (more info on the pdf)

While i’ve got you here, two things:
1) I’ve had some glitches fixed with the cart/registration etc on the site in case anyone had any difficulties there. You can now purchase (or grab a free product) without registering. If you have time and don’t mind though, registering can make it easier if there’s any issues with an order. Once you purchase you’ll see a little download link on the screen, click on it and the product will be downloaded to your downloads on your computer.
2) With the festive season approaching, i’ve got a couple of little jazzy Christmas trios (link at bottom of this page). They’re a bit of fun, nice and in-expensive, and a small purchase will help fund this little (but expensive) site.

But enough of that, here’s the links:

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

Rob Booth

Track #1 (Lick #1)

Track #2 (lick #2)

Track #3 (lick #3)

Track #4

Track #5

Track #6

Track #7 (slower version of #6)



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

Improv for Beginners

Improv for Medium level

“Christmas Trios-Quartets”

It’s that time of the year, so while you’re here have a look at a few Christmas arrangements we’ve just added.



If you’re a bit new to jazz harmony CLICK HERE for a small “test yourself” set of questions (with answers provided)

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