⛑ GJ First Aid Kit

⛑ GJ First Aid Kit

Transforming Licks

Licks can be changed. Start them on a different note; make them longer; or even play them backwards. Here’s how:

TRANSPOSITION

In gypsy jazz we use transposition all the time: moving from key to key, but also when we use Minor Third and Tritone Dominant Subs. Transpose in first position only.

Leading Note Lick

To practise transposing, move the lick up in semitones:

And so on. Then down in semitones:

STRETCHING

We also can make existing licks longer, for instance if the chord they are based on lasts a number of bars instead of just one. This is called stretching. Here are some examples with licks from our First Aid Licks chapter:

Leading Note Lick

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Jessica Lick

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Try this yourself with other licks from the First Aid chapter. Next up is a stretched Dominant lick.

Universal Dominant Lick

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REVERSING

A lot of licks sound great played backwards, too:

Leading Note Lick

Reversed Leading Note Lick

Also, check out the Descending Coltrane Lick.

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