WOODSHED - The fast track to bebop chops

Learning to play like jazz greats Pat Martino and George Benson might seem out of reach, but it’s a lot easier once you know their secret: Put the right notes in the right places. Using the classic ii-V-I chord progression as a harmonic backbone, here’s a foolproof formula for creating great bebop lines.

Start on the 4th scale step of the major scale. In the key of C, that’s the note F.

Using eighth-notes, decend through the scale and, including your starting note, stop nine notes later on E. ( you can also think of this as stopping one octave and one half-step lower than your starting note.)

You can find the rest of this article by Mark Tonelli in the June issue of Guitar Player Magazine.

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