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.
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.