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George Benson Licks

George Benson began his musical career playing with guitarist Jack McDuff. However, he soon broke away and began his solo career. His talent was noticed by the major record companies, and before he knew it, he was know by the entire world. Benson has many good recordings where you can hear some of his burning lines. Recommended listening: "Bad Benson". Learning George Benson licks can be a challenge due to the speed and articulation required, but practicing slowly at first is what will win the race.

1) Here is a George Benson lick that has it all - chromatics, arpeggios, and speed.

  •  Click here to listen to this lick!
  • In measure 1, there is an E minor arpeggio and a B minor arpeggio.
  • Measure 2 contains an A major arpeggio and an augmented shape at the end.

George Benson Lick

2) Here is a transcription of part of George Benson's solo on "All Blues" from the album Witchcraft.

  • You will hear this at 2:33 in the recording. *Note the first measure is a pickup, and the transcription is not an entire chorus.
  • Measure 1 leads into a new chorus via the G bebop scale. This is indicated by Benson's use of the Gb connecting the 1 to the b7.
  • Measures 2-3 contains 4ths and 3ds which is typical of Benson to use.
  • In measure 4, you may notice a descending F major 7th arpeggio which is very useable over a G7.
  • Measures 6-7 over the C7 contains ascending chromatics, along with plenty of altered tones.
  • Be sure to listen to the recording when learning these licks!

George Benson All Blues Solo Transcription

George Benson played an Ibanez GB10 Hollowbody


Ibanez GB10 George Benson Hollowbody Electric Natural