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Major ii-V-I Jazz Licks

  • Here are some examples of some major ii-V-I jazz guitar licks.
  • The ii-V-I progression is the most commonly found chord progression in jazz. 
  • It is important to build up your lick vocabulary so that when you see this progression, you will be prepared and know what to play.

1) This ii-V-i lick uses both the b5 and a #5 over the F7 chord.

Major ii-v-i jazz guitar lick

2) This lick starts out with some chromatics in the first bar, mostly staying in the Bb dorian mode. In measure two, Eb super locrian is used basically outlining an Eb7 chord. This lick ends on the 9 (Bb) of Amaj7 which creates an unresolved sound. 

minor jazz guitar lick

3) This one will get your fingers moving. All of the notes in measure one are in the Ab major scale, but measure two adds a few chromatic passing notes. 

minor jazz guitar lick

4) Note the use of Eb phyrgian major in the second bar in this lick.

minor jazz guitar lick
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