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Minor ii V I Jazz Guitar Licks

Here are five jazz guitar licks that are designed to build your vocabulary and soloing confidence when confronted with a minor ii V I chord progression in a jazz setting.

 

 

 

 

 

Minor ii V I Licks 1

To begin, here is a minor ii V I lick in Am that uses the A Natural Minor Scale to outline all three chords in the progression.

When soloing in this fashion, you don’t get the Major 3rd of the V7 chord, but you do get three alterations needed for that chord, the b9, #9 and b13.

 

Listen & Play:

Bebop Scale Lick 4

Minor ii V I Licks 2

Here, you will use the A Harmonic Minor Scale to solo over the E7 chord, V7, in this minor ii V I progression.

This is a common scale choice over the V7 chord in a minor key, as it gives you the Major 3rd interval, but also the b9 and b13 of that chord as well.

 

Listen & Play:

Bebop Scale Lick 4

Minor ii V I Licks 3

Here is a common variation of the previous lick, which again uses the Harmonic Minor Scale to solo over the V7 chord in the progression.

Learning a few variations to common licks, and your favorite licks, is a good way to expand your soloing vocabulary without starting from scratch with a new set of licks.

 

Listen & Play:

Bebop Scale Lick 4

Minor ii V I Licks 4

In this minor ii V I lick, you will use a Dm triad over Bm7b5, which is the b3-b5-b7 interval group over that chord, as well as the Harmonic Minor over the V7 chord.

When soloing over any chord change, dropping the root and playing a triad from the 3rd of that chord is a cool way of playing the change, without highlighting the root in your lines.

 

Listen & Play:

Bebop Scale Lick 4

Minor ii V I Licks 5

Bringing in the E Altered Scale, this lick highlights the b5, b13 and b9 intervals over the V7 chord in the progression.

The Altered Scale is an essential sound to explore when soloing in minor keys, and so take some time in the woodshed to work out fingerings and applications for this common jazz guitar sound.

 

Listen & Play:

Bebop Scale Lick 4

 


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