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.
Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.
Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.
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