This week we bring back our poular ‘Lick Of The Month’ series with a bang! Coltrane is one of my favorite jazz musicians of all time. His playing on the most famous jazz recording of all time, “Kind of Blue,” is second to none. This week we are going to look at a great two measure, double time line he played over “So What.”
I find that one of the hardest things to do is play over a static chord progression where there aren’t many changes. In this lick, Coltrane shows us how he handles playing over a minor chord and makes it very interesting and compelling. This tune is a favorite for young musicians and is played all the time at jam sessions. Studying what Coltrane does over this chord can make your own solos more compelling and give you some ideas that you may have never thought about before. As always with these licks, strive to put it in more than one key and actually use it in your practice time. Remember to grab the PDF and learn everything about what makes this line tick!
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Nice analysis. The sequence actually begins on beat 4 of the first measure.