Thomas Berglund
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Coffee Break Grooves jam - with 6 transcribed lines

Here's a soloing jam to a Coffee Break Grooves backing track with 6 transcribed lines. There are 2 single string, 2 octave playing and 2 chord solo lines in the video.

Two single string lines

Coffee Break Grooves Single string line 1

Coffee Break Grooves Single string line 2

The 1st single string line have a jazz bluesy feel and there are some chromatic passing tones in the phrase from the 5th bar.

The 2nd line is also a jazzy phrase that leads to the quintuplet lick in the 5th bar that`s a legato sweep picking lick. I end up with a melodic phrase with the 9th tone included.

Two octave playing lines

Coffee Break Grooves Octave lines

To play in octaves on the guitar is very nice and effective when it sounds much with a comparatively small effort. Wes Montgomery, George Benson and many jazz guitarists use the technique. In the 1st line I play chord tones and follow the scale and key.

The 2nd starts with the blues scale and continue with dorian scale tones and chromatic passing tones.

2 chord solo lines

Coffee Break Grooves Chord solo lines

Chord solo lines is good to have in the library of knowledge when playing solo. The 1st line starts with an open string phrase and continue with a bluesy short phrase in the 4th bar where I just follow the pentatonic and blues scale and put quarter chords underneath.

The 2nd line have some chromatic passing chord and ends with octave/third chords.

Good Luck!

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@pauljones   2 years ago
Great lesson Thomas! I like these licks very much! Especially the two-octave lines, it sounds a lot like Wes Montgomery. Do you have some tips on how to play two-octave lines without sounding muddy or hitting other strings? I have those kinds of issues when I'm trying to play them. Yet you seem to do it so effortlessly! Cheers!
Thomas Berglund
@thomas-berglund   2 years ago
Thanks for comment Paul! I talk about it in this lesson with the Wes tune Road Song.

What I can say about the muddy sound is that I like it a bit muudy and that´s why I play with the thumb but one have to have a clear sound from the amp and the guitar so it don´t be to muddy and also play with a flick in the thumb and feel how hard you should play to get the best sound.
If you mean hitting other open strings then is my advice to really slow down and look where and with which fingers you must mute to avoid the open strings to ring. That can be quite tricky with some tones but when coming through the issues it will come natural to you.
...and as always have patience!