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Lick of the Week 36: Charlie Byrd Inspired Jazz Guitar Lick

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Today's Lick of the Week was inspired by listening to Charlie Byrd on Jazz Samba. Comping for himself, he played lines around simple chord voicings. This lick is not directly lifted from the album, but it employs a similar style of playing chords under your solo line. In this case, we have a ii-V-I in G major. You can strum the chords with a pick, or if you want to sound more like Byrd, use your fingers to pluck all the strings at the same time. I prefer hybrid picking so I can use my pick for the rest of the single note line.


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