John Coltrane Licks

John Coltrane was one of the most important figures in jazz. His career was short lived, however he covered more ground in a relatively short timespan that most musicians could accomplish in a lifetime. I hope you enjoy these John Coltrane licks!

#1 "Giant Steps" Lick

  • Coltrane played this lick in his solo in "Giant Steps".
  • The lick is played at the beginning of his solo and includes the pickup measures.
  • Measure 1 (pickup) starts with a C minor arpeggio. There is a B major arpeggio in the beginning of measure 2. The beginning of measure 3 contains a G major 7 arpeggio.
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John Coltrane Lick

#2 "Giant Steps" Lick #2

  • This lick is also from Coltrane's solo in "Giant Steps".
  • The first shape in the first half of measure 1 is a D half diminished 7 arpeggio.
  • The general chord progression is part of the Coltrane Matrix.
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John Coltrane Lick

#3 "Giant Steps" Lick #3

  • You can sweep pick the A minor arpeggio in the first measure.
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John Coltrane Lick

#4 "Giant Steps" Lick #4

  • Measure 1 is in B major, and measure 2 switches to the key of Eb major.
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John Coltrane Lick
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