Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

Dan Hicks bought an old time swing/jazz/country style to a new generation in the 1970s. He had been a big part of the San Francisco music scene for a couple years when he put together The Hot Licks. Their first album, Original Recordings didn't get much notice but then then got picked up by Blue Thumb Records and put out three more successful albums.
I Scare Myself appeared on the first album but was reworked for Striking It Rich, their third album which came out in 1972. The song has a bit of a Spanish feel with an unusual pair of chords going back and forth. This opens the door to improvising using a slightly obscure scale/mode.
The lesson mostly goes over the chords and progression, with a big dose of theory on the three versions of the minor scale.