Learn 30 Iconic Licks of the Jam Band Greats

A New Lick Pack from Michael Palmisano

Delve into 30 of the most iconic licks in the Jam Band genre. These licks were inspired by guitarists such as Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and Jerry Garcia. Bridge the gap between melody and harmony as you learn how to connect chords in popular progressions from the style. Learn a wide range of techniques as you apply what you learn over included jam tracks. Grab your guitar and let’s go!

Suited for late beginner to intermediate guitarists, this 2.5 hour course contains 30 lessons on licks you can start using immediately. A must have for Jam Band aficionados and newcomers alike! Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase. Learn more or start the course with membership

Course Details
31 Lessons
2 Hour+ Runtime
Tabs (gpx, pdf)
Playalong Tracks
HD+ Video
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Like every JamPlay course, Iconic Licks of the Jam Band Greats features world-class instruction and a dynamic learning system to help you succeed quickly.

It's not just videos, and not just downloads. You'll get:

  • Interactive tabs, notation, and fretboard
  • JamTracks for play along practice
  • Ask-a-teacher functionality
  • Speed up, slow down and loop the video
  • Bookmark exact moments in the lesson
  • Note-taking feature
  • 4k video with multiple camera angles
  • Track progress with the progress report
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Meet Michael Palmisano

Michael Palmisano is an award-winning GIT graduate and serves more than 70,000 students worldwide. He is also a member of 5x voted "Best Band" in Baltimore, Maryland called "What's Next". He has been playing guitar since the age of 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.

He genuinely loves to teach, with the goal to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar, and ultimately use these tools to improvise and get the stuff in your head out! On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world.

I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible. If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to email me with a question or a video for feedback - I respond to each and every message. We are in this together!

Learn 30 Jam Band Licks inspired by the greats

Over 2 hours of material spanning 30 lessons, equipped with tabs and JamTracks

Delve into 30 inspirational licks from the greatest minds the genre has to offer.

By learning, dissecting and integrating these legendary licks into your playing you will be taking the backdoor approach to learning improvisation. Almost like magic, you will find these lines, melodies and rhytmic ideas manifesting themselves in your playing. Get out your guitar, start the included JamTrack playing and get learning!

This course offers 31 lessons covering 2+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestible presentation.

Lessons in this Course

Series Introduction

Michael Palmisano gives an overview of the techniques and concepts he will cover in this course.

2:37 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Chromatic Hammer-Ons to the Third

This lick features a Jerry Garcia inspired chromatic run, and uses hammer-ons for added effect. Incorporate this upbeat, happy lick into your solos.

3:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mixin' it Up

We examine a cool lick that features a B Mixolydian sound, and incorporates smooth slides and soulful vibrato. This lick can easily be moved between different chord positions for added versatility.

5:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Pushing the Pedals

This B Mixolydian lick has a country flavor inspired by the pedal steel. It doesn't have a flat 7, which helps create a bright, major vibe.

6:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Arpeggiated Blue Sky

This lick features a fast arpeggiated run that has a strong melodic structure and can easily be used over any Mixolydian progression.

5:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Moving to the Top

It's time to learn a sequenced three note chromatic line in the style of the legendary Jerry Garcia. This lick is peppy, fast and perfect for playing over any Mixolydian progression.

5:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Fun Mixolydian Slides

This lick makes use of slick melodic lines that make it one of Michael's favorites. With it's combination of tactful anchors and exuberant slides, it is not only physically fun to play, but also features a bright, energetic sound.

5:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Walkin' On Down

Licks and melodic runs are great, but to make things truly interesting you need to change things up. This rhythmic piece can act as the perfect counterbalancing force in your playing.

6:23 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Connecting Through Confusion

This lick is a beautiful melodic run that combines both technique and feel to create a line that truly speaks.

5:20 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Country Style Bending Lick

This quick lick has a distinctly country vibe and features soulful bends and vibrato.

5:19 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Ascending Pentatonic Lick

This happy sounding lick ascends the neck using the major pentatonic scale, ultimately concluding with some solid vibrato.

4:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Chicken Pickin Dyads

This fun country style lick makes liberal use of chicken pickin' and dyads.

5:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Walk Up the Double Stop

This bright lick ascends the guitar neck using simple, yet effective double stops.

5:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


End of the Line

This bassline run helps to create tension while simultaneously adding meat to the low end of the progression.

4:46 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Texture Groove Lick

Add some texture to your chord progressions using this palm-muted rhythmic pattern.

4:58 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Dorian Slide

This fun melody based lick makes liberal use of slides and vibrato to convey a deep sense of emotion.

5:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Sleepwalk From C to E

This mysterious sounding lick slides up the scale, and then back down to the tonic. Afterwards it switches to an accented rhythm section to add variety and soul.

3:49 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Soulful Dyads

Join Michael as he explores a lick that makes liberal use of dyads. This added little bit of soul and mystery really sets this lick apart.

5:10 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Slow and Simple

This deceivingly simple lick sounds and feels quite complicated, but in reality is only three notes accentuated by big bends and soulful vibrato.

4:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Saturday Night Streets

This lick starts out with a simple melody and ends by outlining the chords using simple shapes. It's slow, slick and filled with delicious vibrato.

5:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Distracted Focus

Combining one part melody and one part arpeggio, this lick really showcases the goodness that can happen when you combine the two.

4:37 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Funky Things

This fun and funky lick uses elements of the classic blues box pentatonic scale while adding a few extra melodic notes. Add in some quick bends, fast vibrato and you have a recipe for a great sound.

6:40 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Forever Ascending

Ascending up the neck is fun, and that's what this lick is all about. This is a great way to learn to move from open position up the neck.

5:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Chromatic Adventure

This fast chromatic lick moves up the neck and across the fretboard, before ending in a slow, vibrato filled line.

4:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Pump the Bass

This bassy, double stop infused rhythm lick is perfect for breaking your solos out of the top half of the neck.

4:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Keepin' it Simple

This slow, simple lick gently ascends the neck with tasteful slides, before descending back down and culminating in calming vibrato.

4:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Country Road Bends

This country-style lick aims to emulate the pedal steel. It moves up and down the neck, makes use of tight bends, and uses a measured vibrato to round it all out.

5:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Summer Nights and Fireflies

Using measured timing, slow notes, controlled slides and warm vibrato, this lick will have you dreaming of warm summer nights under the stars.

5:35 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Green Grass and Blue Skies

This singing, melodic line doesn't contain all that many notes, but achieves a warm, soulful sound by letting the vibrato speak.

4:48 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Home Sweet Home

This lick uses double stops that move up and down the neck to create the sounds of home.

6:55 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Flying High Pentatonic

Played on the upper registers of the guitar, this lick uses the pentatonic scale, vibrato and tasteful hammer-ons and pull-offs to create it's high-flying sound.

4:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty