I just reviewed 10 Advanced II V I Licks by Cecil Alexander, another one in the Essential Licks series at PickupMusic.
In this one, you get bebop licks for four different chord qualities: minor7, major7, dominant7 and minor7b5. You get three each for the first three types, and one minor7b5 lick.
The licks are:
1. Three minor licks
a) chromatic approach
b) Tritone substitution
c) Diminished arpeggio
2. Three Major licks
a) Major bebop scale
b) Chromatic approaches and inverted arpeggios
c) Combining a minor 7 arpeggio and a 1 – 2 -3 – 5 cell
3. Three dominant licks
a) Enclosing the b7
b) Chromatic approach and inverted arpeggio
c) Enclosing the 3rd
4. Minor 7b5
In general I would say that this particular licks package is easier to learn compared to the 10 Advanced II V I Licks by Cecil Alexander that I just reviewed.
That being said, if you’re not familiar with the use of approach notes, inverted arpeggios and chromatic lines, this might still be a workout for you.
I really love how Cecil plays on a single chord as the melodic shape is interesting. This is something that I would like to emulate in my own playing.
In conclusion, I recommend this licks package if you want bite-sized bebop ideas. It’s definitely a great way to actually get these ideas under your fingers and much easier than learning a long etude. Very practical and very musical.
Pros: Great lines, well performed, explained and transcribed.
TLDR: If you want to get new melodic ideas for static chords and add some chromaticism (read: bebop) into your playing, this is a good way to get those licks!
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