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Advanced Bass: How to Use Melodic Quotes in Your Solos

The use of melodic quotation is prolific within the genre of jazz and its related modern styles. In this lesson, we’ll cover how to use melodic quotes in your solos and breakdown some of the commonalities used by many great jazz masters.

Applying this to two choruses of a B♭ blues progression, we’ll take a step-by-step analysis which includes taking two popular melodies from famous jazz standards, along with many hidden gems to increase your understanding and vocabulary.

Follow along with this transcription and the video below.

London based bass player Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience that spans over more than three decades as an internationally acclaimed bass guitarist, teacher/clinician and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. For more, visit

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