Lesson 64: Book ii-V-I

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In this lesson we’ll look at the first ii – V7 – I melody found in the “Modern Jazz Vocabulary vol. 2” book.  This melody is comprised of major 1st inversion triads descending by half steps and a few chromatic passing tones at the end.  The melody is also grouped in 6 against the harmonic rhythm in 4/4.   The descending triads end up outlining some nice tensions over the the ii – V7 – I progression.  Although this is a melodic sequence it is still loosely based and George Garzone’s Triadic Approach which I recommend checking out.   In the video I play this short  melodic phrase through the 12 keys at both a med and med up tempo.  Remember to work on this and all the material from the blog from memory as much as possible.  I believe it’s better to learn the idea from memory in one key than to read it in 12 keys.


Lesson 64: ii-V-I From Vol.2 Book PDF

Lesson 64: Play Along 120 BPM mp3

Lesson 64: Play Along 180 BPM mp3


Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 2 Is an in depth study of classic II-V-I progression found commonly in jazz improvisation. The nearly 300 melodic examples incorporate rhythmic groupings, triad pairs, enclosures, chromatics, synthetic scales, chord substitutions and more.

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