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In this lesson, electric and upright bassist Jared Plane presents a cool bass lick that can be played over a II-V-I chord progression in C major. This lick utilises an array of techniques and ideas that make up the jazz bebop language.
The Dmin7 chord contains just notes present in the C major scale, and the D Dorian mode; whereas the G7 chord utilises notes from the G Altered scale (G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, Eb, F), as well as chromatic passing tones.
To really get the most out of this lick, play it in all 12 keys, break it down into chunks, start slowly and gradually increase the tempo until you can’t play it any faster. Learning licks is a great way to increase your dexterity and facility on the instrument, as well as increasing your vocabulary for jazz improvisation.
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