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Easy old school ii V7 I Jazz lick to learn in 12 keys

Posted on December 13, 2009 by Sweets

Here is an easy ii V7 I Jazz lick to learn in 12 keys. I was messing around with some Aebersolds a few days ago and started playing it. I knew I heard the lick before somewhere, it sounded really old school to me, yet still hip enough to play. It really sounds cool if you land on the raised fourth instead of the third on the I chord. The reason I call the lick old school is because it sounds like something an old school cat would play.

Old school ii V7 I Jazz lick to learn in 12 keys.

Here is a sound sample and example over a blues progression played on trumpet:

How to memorize this ii V7 I Jazz lick in 12 keys:

Well, you’ll notice that the Jazz lick simply starts off on the tonic of the ii chord. I like to think in minor for pretty much the entire lick. In the above example, you just go down the D minor scale doing a little turn on the sixth and doing a chromatic to the b5. Then you’ll hit the third scale degree of the V7 chord. I think to the b7th, then down the minor arpeggio doing pretty much whatever you like finally ending on the 3rd of the I chord.

I since this lick isn’t very fast and if you think about the minor scale, this Jazz lick is probably easy enough to learn by ear and feel in 12 keys.





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5 to “Easy old school ii V7 I Jazz lick to learn in 12 keys”

  1. Guy says:

    Hey bro,
    are you a recording artist and do you have any recordings of your own? You play really smooth and well. Thanks for sharing

    Sweets Reply:

    Thanks Guy, I’m a trumpet player in the Navy Band. I’ve been on some recordings though. I checked out your blog, I like it man.

  2. I always learn something new

  3. Gilad Oved says:

    how did you write the notes? what software?

    Sweets Reply:

    I use free software called Musette.



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