How to Harmonize Jazz Guitar on II V I Chord Progression

Jazz Guitar Lesson on II V I Chord Progression -- Learn Jazz Harmony

Jazz Guitar Lesson on II V I Chord Progression - Learn Jazz Harmony

How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with, bringing
you this video lesson. II V I, it’s one of
the most common chord progressions in jazz.
What I’m going to do is show you two great
stock voicings that you have to know,
in two different positions on the guitar,
for the same thing.

Here’s the first chord, D minor 7: 5, 7, 5, 6,
which is just like your barre chord, your minor
barre chord, but you just take your pinkie off
to make it a 7th. G7 which is also that same shape,
but I’ve just dropped it a string lower.

So this would be 3, 5, 3, 4, 3. And then
I resolve to the C major 7 here, which would
be 3, 5, 4, 5. Just a great way of playing that.
D minor 7; G7; C major 7.

Remember, in the jazz idiom we’ll rarely play
voicings like this, straight D minor, G, C,
because the sound is going to be something more
like this in 7th chords. So everything has a
deeper harmonic sense. Let’s go to the
next position now.

We’ve got 10, 10, 10, 10 for our D minor 7.
Here’s the root. It’s a variation to this.
Here’s your G7, which would be 10, 9, 10, 8.
And then resolving to C major 7: 8, 9, 9, 8.

So here we go. The same as… But depending
upon where you are on the guitar positionally,
you want to go to a close voicing. So you’ve
got to know at least these two.

Click the link below. Practice those;
move them around. The great thing about
these jazz voicings is there’s no open strings.
You can play it on any fret. Learn those.

Click the link below. We’ll see you next time.
Thanks for watching.

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