Licks and Grooves

Just what is a lick? Licks are part of the language of all musical forms and styles. Classical, rock, country, pop, jazz- they all have licks in them. Licks are like phrases that you hear every day. "How's it going?" "What's up?" Phrases that that will always be in use.

You just have to know where and when to use it. Same goes for licks.

Oscar Peterson is the master of the jazz piano lick. His personal library of licks have been copied for years!

A musical statement that has been played by everyone and is still OK to use when appropriate. In fact, sometimes you need to use them. If you are on a session or a gig and you are playing Nat Cole's version of "Route 66", there's a lick that goes with that song. Endings, beginnings, stylistic, the list of licks is endless.

Licks are a basic part of the jazz vocabulary and you need to know some of them if you want to gig.

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Scot, I still work on your grooves as a regular part of my stuff. Fun stuff for sure.

06/16/2005, by 0 replies
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Thanks, I enjoy using the piano as a rhythm instrument that has the capacity to also play melody.

06/15/2005, by 0 replies

Scot, I really like your stuff!...

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Ok, groove 5 goes along with a "left hand funk..." thread in the main lobby area. You'll have to adjust the speed of the playback; for some ...

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Well, that one is just a groove. I haven't considered how to use it within a tune unless of course the tune had a similar chord progression. Mostly the ...

12/30/2004, by 0 replies
  Where do these grooves fit in ?

I really like the grooves and the lick on this site. I was just working on "Scot´s groove #3", which is a lot of fun to play. Upon closer ins...

12/29/2004, by 0 replies
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If you click on the 'list files' option at the top of the page then you will be taken to some licks in both midi and sheet music format.

10/21/2004, by 0 replies

Hello everybody, I'm new to piano jazz. I live in Patagonia Argentina, and it's really dificult to reach some stuff to study. That's why I think it is a gr...

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  Groove 2 and 3 fixed for printing

Hi folks- I recieved some messages about how groove2 and groove3 were not printing, so I've fixed that. A note to sibelius uploaders- be sure to save as...

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  runs and fills for cocktail piano

[sf]I´d like to get some runs and fills for cocktail piano, can anybody show me some stuff? Clay...

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Hi, i'm shavit... If someone can post here some licks please it will ve veary halpfull...

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because i dont play piano, but i like jamie. and my brother plays piano and i think this is a cool genre of music that he would probably like. but i dont k...

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  i know nothing

Hey does anyone know where I can get sheet music for the piano of any great Jamie Cullum music?...

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luvin it here hwra.jazz is grreat!...

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