Lick Alteration

This basic lick can be used on an F major 7 chord.  Licks can be changed using any combination of the following techniques, giving you a larger library of licks to play.  Alterations to the original lick are shown in red.  


Double Time: The rhythmic duration of the whole lick is cut in half.
Example: The rhythm of the lick is changed from an eighth note value to a sixteenth note value.  


Subtraction: Any part of the rhythm can be turned into a rest.  Example: Beat two and the and of beat three are turned into eighth rests.  


Addition: Notes can be added to the rhythm.                           Example: The first four eighth notes are changed to sixteenth notes, and new notes are added to complete the lick.  


Value Change: Part of the rhythm can change value.               Example: The first three eighth notes are changed to a triplet, and the last eighth note is changed to a quarter note.  


Displacement: The rhythm can be offset by a note value.     Example: The lick is offset by a half note creating an eighth note syncopation.  


Pitch Change: One or more notes can be changed either chromatically or diatonically.                                                                     Example: The fifth of this chord has been raised a half step to give the lick more color.  

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Octave Displacement: One or more notes can be moved up or down an octave.                                                                                 Example: The rhythm has been altered, and the major seven has been moved down one octave.   


Turn: A turn can be added to one or more notes in the lick.     Example: An F is used in addition to an E as pickups to create a turn. 


Chromatic Run: Two or more notes can be added to approach a pitch by half steps going up or down.                                               Example: Three sixteenth notes are added to chromatically approach the starting pitch.


Neighbor Tone: A note can be added above or below a pitch by either a half step or whole step.                                                           Example: The third and the fifth are approached from a half step above.    


Enclosure: Any note can be preceded by an enclosure.             Example: The C on beat four is enclosed chromatically, and the rhythm has been changed.