Blue Bossa – John McLaughlin Style

by | Jazz Improvisation

Did you know that one of the primary ways in which great musicians incorporate new ideas such as licks into their vocabulary, is by first writing their own solos over a standard? As a matter of fact, the more they do this, when the time comes to improvise, the easier it is to recall and use said vocabulary over that standard’s harmony!

In my previous video, 18 Licks by John McLaughlin, I promised I would show you how to use several of the licks in the context of a well known standard. So for this lesson I have used them in a solo or etude written over the changes to “Blue Bossa”.

In addition to teaching you the solo, in this lesson I share with you some of the challenges I encountered as well as the musical principles you will have to take into account if you decide to write an original solo comprised of your favorite licks.


This lesson is part of the “18 Licks by John McLaughlin” Files and can be downloaded for $10.00.  The download includes:  A 7 page PDF featuring regular notation and TAB with detailed fingerings of all licks and “Blue Bossa” solo, MP3s of all the licks & solo, and a Band In A Box file which you can use to practice all of it if you have the software.

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