In this lesson, I’ll show you how to tackle the most important (and often least practiced) part of learning new vocabulary – application. We’ll apply the lick over three tunes – Autumn Leaves, Oleo, and There is No Greater Love. I’ll also spend some time explaining what’s going on with this lick from a harmonic standpoint at the end of the lesson.
Sing it, sing it, sing it!
Spend lots of time just playing the lick in one key, hammering out technical glitches. You want it to be lodged in your muscle memory.
Practice the lick straight and swung and experiment with using different swing feels.
Don’t worry about being musical with this practice, it’s about learning to fit in a piece of vocabulary so eventually it can sound natural.
Work on bridging the gap between rote learning and improvising by keeping the lick in the back of your mind as you freely improvise.
When you see a dominant chord, remember that you have tons of different options, not just the mixolydian scale.