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25 minor jazz guitar licks E-book pdf

Playing short patterns is very important to increase your sense of improvisation and soloing technique. Learning patterns is good for understanding and analyzing what other musicians have done, this is a nice way to build your musical vocabulary.

In this lesson you will find 5 minor 7th jazz guitar patterns with tabs to play over minor seventh chords using arpeggios (minor, minor seventh, minor ninth, half diminished), and the inevitable dorian mode

Once you have learnt these patterns be sure to play them in different keys. Be sure to add notes, find and develop your own ideas, do not become a pattern player, this is not the aim of this lesson.

Please note that these patterns are taken from the "25 minor jazz guitar licks" printable eBook PDF.

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Minor 7th jazz guitar pattern # 1

In this first pattern we will play notes from the D dorian scale (D-E-F-G-A-B) and a descending D minor arpeggio (A-F-D). 

The dorian mode is the second of the seven musical modes, it is a minor type scale because of its minor third (b3). The dorian mode is often the first choice to play over minor chords and one of the most important scales to know for a jazz guitar improviser. It is made up of seven notes including a minor third (b3) and minor seventh (b7).

A minor arpeggio is made up of three notes, it contains the same notes as a minor chord, a root, a minor third and a perfect fifth. In this pattern we will play a D minor arpeggio ( D is the root, F the minor third and A the perfect fifth ).
Minor jazz guitar pattern with tab 1

Minor 7th jazz guitar pattern # 2

In this second minor 7th jazz guitar pattern we will play a F major seventh arpeggio over a Dm7 chord. Arpeggios are an important technique to use in your jazz guitar solos. The basic technique when you want to play arpeggios over a minor seventh chord is to play the corresponding arpeggio, for example a D minor seventh arpeggio over a D minor 7th chord but it will be boring at the long run. That's why it's better to play a major7th arpeggio over the Dm7 chord starting on the minor third of this chord (F).

The Fmajor seventh arpeggio is made up of four notes (F-A-C-E) respectively the first, major third, perfect fifth and major seventh. Comparing the Dm7 chord and the FM7 arpeggio we can see that :

  • The first of the FM7 arpeggio is the minor third of Dm7.
  • The third of the FM7 arpeggio is the fifth of Dm7.
  • The fifth of the FM7 arpeggio is the minor seventh of Dm7.
  • The major seventh of the FM7 arpeggio is the ninth of Dm7.

minor seventh jazz guitar pattern

Minor 7th jazz guitar pattern # 3

In this third minor seventh jazz guitar pattern we will play a D minor ninth arpeggio. It's a minor seventh arpeggio including a ninth (E). Indee It is made up of four notes (D-F-A-C-E) respectively the first, minor third, perfect fifth, minor seventh, ninth.

Minor lick 4

Minor 7th jazz guitar pattern # 4

This fourth minor 7th jazz guitar pattern starts with a B half diminished arpeggio (B-D-F-A). Also called m7b5 arpeggio the half diminished arpeggio contains four notes :

  • Root 
  • minor third (b3)
  • diminished fifth (b5)
  • minor seventh (b7)

In this pattern we can see that the B half diminished arpeggio starts on the sixth (B) of the D dorian mode, D is the root, F the b3 and A the fifth of the Dm7 chord.  Please note that there is a descending Dm arpeggio (A-F-D) on bar 2.

minor jazz guitar lick half diminished arpeggio

Minor 7th jazz guitar pattern # 5

In bar one we will play a G7 arpeggio ( G-B-D-F). You need to know that the G7 arpeggio is made up of four notes : a root (1) (G), a major third (3) (B), a perfect fifth (D) (5) and a minor seventh (F) (b7).

Playing a G dominant 7th arpeggio over a Dm7 chord provides nice tone colors. The first (G) of the G7 arpeggio is the eleventh of the Dm7 and the third (B) is the thirteenth.

About the lick : The first (G), the third (B) and the fifth (D) are approached chromatically from below .The minor seventh in bar two (F) is approached chromatically from above. The lick ending with a D descending minor arpeggio (A-F-D).

Minor 7th jazz guitar lick with tab dominant 7th arpeggio

25 minor jazz guitar licks | Printable eBook PDF with tabs

25 minor jazz guitar licks E-book pdf

This printable eBook pdf contains 25 minor jazz swing guitar licks with tabs, youtube videos links and analysis in the style of Charlie ChristianWes MontgomeryGrant Green,etc. 

All these licks are two-measure licks and can be played over a D minor seventh chord (also m6, m9, m6/9, m11).

In this eBook you will learn how to play minor jazz guitar lines using the dorian mode, some arpeggios (minor, major, ninth, eleventh, dominant seventh, half-diminished), pentatonic scales, blues scale, melodic minor scale and harmonic minor scale.


 

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