Practice Journal: Dorian Super-Lick

I came up with this lick last night, which combines several ideas worth practicing. It was intended for use in an E dorian context.

We begin with E minor pentatonic, but with fingering spaced in a way that creates a modern, “fusion-esque” impression. We descend into D minor for a moment; then arpeggiate a D#7 before returning to E minor. The lick could end here, but I chose to extend it with a few small arpeggios: Em7, Bm, Amaj, and Dmaj7.

Like any longer lick, don’t just practice this with the intent to use as-is. Consider this seed material for other fresh ideas. Break up its components and see what you can make with them.

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