4 Bebop Licks

Hey cats, got some tasty Bebop licks for you here. Bebop is a style of Jazz that generally has a fast tempo, fast complex chord changes, and virtuoso solos. Basically, what Shred is to Rock, Bebop is to Jazz!

At 200 BPM, the backing track is pretty quick, and because of the finger-twisting nature of some of the licks I’ve put this into the Advanced Category, though definitely in the lower end. So what exactly is going on with each lick?

Lick 1

Played over Dm7, this typical Bebop phrase is using the humble D Minor Pentatonic: simple but effective to get a solo started.

Lick 2

Also over Dm7, this lick has movement and energy from the shape of the line and the use of the D Melodic Minor Scale.

Lick 3

Changing to Gm7, this lick is firmly rooted in G Dorian but with the added dissonance of the b5 passing note (first note of the last bar of the lick).

Lick 4

Back to Dm7 for a combination of three classic Bebop phrases. Firstly the D Dorian Scale ending on the 13th (B), then the added b5 (11th fret, A string), and the last phrase ending the lick with the D Melodic Minor Scale.


As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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4 Bebop Licks

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