Hi Jazz Folk:
Did you know that memes exist in music? Here's a brief definition of 'meme' to get us started: "an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation."
Check out this article about one of the most-used "licks" (melodic fragments) imitated over and over in popular and jazz music. It is so common, that it has become known as "THE LICK." Jazz blogger Camden Hughes was even kind enough to transpose the lick into all twelve keys! Click here for the ARTICLE LINK
The popularity of "The Lick" is really getting out of hand, some might say...The Lick has it's very own Facebook page, and You can even purchase T-shirts!
See if you can play through "The Lick" in all twelve keys... even create some variations on the "lick" by adding a pick-up note, altering the rhythm, or by filling in any leaps... happy practicing!