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Whole Tone Lick

  • Here is lick #6 from "50 Must Know Jazz Guitar Licks."
  • The whole tone scale is used entirely here, and the lick can be played over a dominant 7th chord.
  • Although it works over any dominant 7th, a 7#5 chord is preferred.
  • For example, if you see a C7#5 in a jazz standard, play this lick, or use the C whole tone scale. This lick will work over the C7#5 found in "All the Things you Are."
  • Some of the notes found in the whole tone scale serve as alterations to a dominant, and these notes include the 9th, #11th, and #5th.

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