You've gotten your copy of the Jazz Lictionary. You are practicing the licks. Confidence is brewing. Now what?
Here are a few ideas:
* Connect licks - play the "1" Lick into the "3" Lick from Section I
* Play the Licks in Section II in "Minor" by flatting the 3's and possibly the 6's as your ear dictates.
*Start Playing Section I licks with a Blues play along track - Just one key...stay in the 1. If it's Bb Blues...play all the licks in Bb
* As you're improvising, force yourself to play each lick three times: first time as is, second time alter the ending slightly, and the last time change the lick quite a bit!
* As you're playing your licks think about making them R.A.D.R!!! More on this in the next blog!!
For right now......set a timer....play an entire section of licks for 7 minutes..straight....it'll be amazing what you start to create with these licks as the starting point.
Until next time!