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.
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But let’s get on with……….


This week is in two sections. You may be interested in one or the other, or hopefully both!
Part A – A harmonic look (and listen) at “Norwegian Wood”, “All Blues”, their modal content, and their interesting similarities.
Part B – A closer look at the jazz side of “All Blues”, the Dorian aspect of it, and some improvisation ideas put to use in “Song For My Father”.

Both sections have pdf’s/ mp3 audio examples, and play along tracks.
So here’s an overview of each section in more detail:

Part A – for the harmony enthusiasts.
These two tunes are good examples for Mixolydian and Dorian modal writing. What I found very interesting recently was that All Blues has been changed from its original setting to what most musicians play today.
Click on the pdf link below to read the full story, and examples are accompanied by mp3 tracks located further down this page.

Norwegian Wood/All Blues PDF

Part B – A closer look at All Blues, and some Improv ideas.
This focuses on the dorian aspect of All Blues (from its original setting). It looks at some of Miles and also Cannonball Adderly’s dorian licks. Then we look at applying them into Song For My Father.

Here’s the links to pdf’s for each instrument. mp3 example and backing tracks are located below:

Bb Trumpet PDF
C treble PDF
Eb treble PDF
C bass PDF

Track #1 (All Blues – Miles Davis)

Track #2 (All Blues – Freddie hubbard/ Oscar Peterson)

Track #3 (Norwegian Wood over All Blues)

Track #4 (Licks from All Blues)

Track #5

Track #6

Track #7 (Song For My Father demo track)

Track #8 (Song For My Father backing track)


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