Tritone substitution jazz guitar licks over a II-V-I chord progression

The tritone substitution is one of the most common substitutions found in jazz music. The basic application of a tritone substitution is to take any 7th chord and play another 7th chord that occurs a tritone away from that initial chord.

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Here is a jazz guitar lesson about a tritone substitution lick over a II-V-I jazz progression. This tritone substitution guitar line is excerpt from the "5  tritone jazz guitar licks" E-book PDF. 

Substitution tritonique jazz guitar lick

This jazz substitution lick is based on a C major II-V-I progression :

Dm7 | G7 | CM7 | % |

After applying this tritone substitution we get this :

Dm7 | Db7 | CM7 | % |

About the lick :

  • Measure 1 : Dm7 arpeggio (D-F-A-C)
  • Measure 2 : Descending Db7 arpeggio (B-Ab-F-Db) (G7 tritone substitution)
  • Measure 3 : CM7 arpeggio (C-E-G-B)

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