How to Play A Jazz Lick Over a II V I Chord Progression in a Minor Key

Jazz Lick Over a II V I Chord Progression -- Jazz Guitar Lesson

Jazz Lick Over a II V I Chord Progression - Jazz Guitar Lesson

How’s it going guys. My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.com, bringing
you this video lesson. One of the most common
chord progressions in jazz is what we call a
II V I. We’ve looked at some II V I licks over
major, meaning our II chord is a minor 7, our
V is a dominant 7 and then we resolve to a major 7.

One of the things that we have to learn to play
as well is resolving or using those same chords
II V I in a minor key. This would be D minor
7 flat 5; G7 sharp 5; resolving to C minor 7.
This lick would be something that you can practice
over those chords, one measure each and you’d want
to do it in as many keys as possible.

So here we go, we’re going to start on the root
note of our II chord. Easy place and easy association
with just tying those two together. Here’s your D minor
7 flat 5 and we’re going to start on the 7th fret;
we’re going to walk down chromatically: 7, 6, 5, 4
and then we’re going to go to the next string:
8, 7, 6, 5 chromatic end. So it just keeps on walking
chromatically, meaning in half steps.

On the next string we’re going to have 8th, 6th,
5, 8 and then 6, 4, 7, 4, 5, resolving to the root
of the C minor chord. The whole thing slowly is…
Here are your chords. And then up to speed.

So just practice it until it’s under your fingers
and be sure to click the link below and we’ll see
you in the next video lesson. Thanks for watching.

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