18 Bebop Licks by Charlie Parker

by | Jazz Improvisation

Charlie ParkerIf you want to grow your bebop vocabulary, you need to resort to its most respected source…Charlie Parker! And that is exactly what I did for this lesson. I carefully analyzed various Charlie Parker heads and extracted 18 licks which I believe embody the essence of the bebop idiom!

In the video I show you how I use several of the licks over a well known standard. And you know what? It ends up sounding like a new Charlie Parker head! I then demonstrate and analyze each lick in order to reveal 4 recurring elements that are present in every Charlie Parker phrase. Once you understand them you’ll be able to easily reverse engineer these licks. You can then re-assemble them and add your own twist to them! So don’t miss this mega-lesson.


The “18 Bebop Licks” Files can be downloaded for $10.00. Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes:  10 PDFs featuring regular notation and TAB in 4 keys and fingerings, MP3 of all the licks, and a Band In A Box file which you can use to practice if you have the software.

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  1. steve jones

    This was a great lesson! I just wanted to tell you how profoundly grateful I am for these lessons. I’m still working my way through book one of (bebob improve series). It’s taking me a long time, but I’m determined to absorb all I can from this book… not just hurry through it so I can say I’ve finished it. My goal is the actual application of this material when I play.
    It’s clearly a life long pursuit.

    • Richie Zellon

      Thanks Steve for the feedback, it is greatly appreciated! I think this lesson illustrates (in a very condensed way) several of the concepts I teach in the BGIS course, so it is a good compliment. Enjoy!

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