I have written out 40 great Michael Brecker licks that I have picked up and used over the years. Last week I cleaned them up and numbered them so they are easier to read. I give these out to my more advanced students who want to start getting into this stuff. I went through a stage in the late 80’s and early 90’s where I was consumed with Michael Brecker. I had never heard a tenor player with such authority or command of the horn. I’m sad that he is gone. He has left an incredible legacy with all his recordings. I’ll always be grateful for the impact and influence he has had on my life.
These licks can be used in a variety of ways. Most of them are just plain chromatic patterns, some are over a minor tonality, some outline more of a 3 tonic kind of approach(Giant Steps…). I usually will talk with students in person on how to use these but for all of you out there in cyber-space I have created some video lesson to talk about how to use these in your own playing. You can find the lessons at my Neffmusic Lesson Store. These are great to get under your fingers. I hope you like them. If you want to get more into the Brecker style of playing I would recommend buying as many recordings as you can of him. Hal Leonard also has a few transcription books out of his solos. There are also some great sites out there with free transcriptions that you can find if you search around for them. Steve
To get the 40 Brecker licks for FREE, you can just sign up for my Neffmusic mailing list on the top left of this site. You will then receive an email with a link to download the PDF shortly afterward. Enjoy!