Welcome to the Lick of The Month! This week we learn a line from one of the greatest jazz musicians that has ever lived, Michael Brecker. This lick is from his solo over the classic tune, Song For My Father. Brecker, in his classic style, doesn’t stay inside the key of the chord he’s playing over. This one short lick is like a masterclass on how to use tri-tone substitutions.
If you aren’t quite ready for substitutions yet, don’t worry! File this episode under work to be done when you feel ready. I would guess that most of you will be able to grasp what Michael is doing even if you aren’t quite ready to put it into your own solos yet. The PDF is very important on this one so make sure to download it and be looking at it while listening to the episode.
I’m also including an exercise that can help you get into the tri-tone sound that is a little bit less complicated than what Brecker is playing. This will get the sound into your ears and give you a little facility before trying to do too much with it. I hope you enjoy this Lick Of The Month and find it useful!
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