The “Passy-Doble” Joe Pass Jazz Guitar Lick

by | Feb 3, 2020 | Jazz Guitar Lessons | 8 comments

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Welcome to this replay of episode #1 of FretDojo LIVE! In this session I’m looking at a cool ii – V – I Joe Pass lick and approaches.

Video Sections:

00:00 – Introduction
04:24 – Passy Doble ii – V – I Lick Playthrough
05:56 – Fingering tips for the lick
10:16 – Concept 1: Double Approach Notes
16:42 – Concept 2: Dm7b5 Sub on G7
22:15 – Concept 3: Dmaj Triad Sub over CMaj7
27:06 – Summary and Next Steps

This material will instantly spice up your jazz guitar improvisations to make them sound more authentic, and will help you open up the creative soloing possibilities on guitar.

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What did you think of this jazz guitar quick tip? Leave your comments below…


Greg O’Rourke

Founder, Fret Dojo

Innovation in Online Jazz Guitar Education


  1. Robert

    Great ideas. Really well presented. Very interesting.

  2. Robert Harris

    Your presentation was clear and easy to understand. Better than some instructors I have had.

    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks for your kind feedback Robert – I appreciate you!

  3. Erling

    Hi Greg
    In my constant search for inspiration, being an 80-year old jazz guitarist (!) I happened to see you on youtube. I’ve just gone through the Joe Pass sequence with you and indeed, you are an astonishing teacher! I shall most certainly return to your inspiring and so down-to-earth teaching. Have a great day!

    • Greg O'Rourke

      I am very humbled by your kind feedback Erling, thanks so much!

  4. Iggy

    Many people can show you how something is played. You have the rare ability to show you WHY is is played!

    • Iggy

      Many people can show you how something is played. You have the rare ability to show you WHY is it played!


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