II-V-I jazz guitar backing tracks | C Major | 92, 150 & 200 BPM

What is a backing track ?

A backing track (also called "jam track" or "play-along") is an audio or midi musical accompaniment which gives you the possibility to play and practice licksscales, exercises or improvisations over.

Playing along with backing tracks is perfect to  increase your jazz guitar knowledge.

These three II-V-I  jazz, swing backing tracks in C major are made with piano, bass and drum sounds.

They are in MP3 format (320 kpbs) and can be downloaded via GUMROAD.(secure payment via PAYPAL). 

There is three different tempos : 92, 150 & 200 BPM.

10 II-V-I jazz guitar licks eBook pdf

These jazz backing tracks are associated with the "10 II-V-I jazz guitar licks" printable eBook pdf included in the "10 II-V-I jazz guitar licks" package :

Package details (RAR file) :

- 1 printable eBook PDF with 10 II-V-I jazz guitar licks with tabs, analysis and scales charts.

- 3 MP3 jazz backing tracks ( 92, 150 & 200 BPM - about 5 mn long).

- 10 II-V-I MP3 files .


The II-V-I sequence is a must know for any jazz guitarist who wants to increase his jazz knowledge. This chord progression is present in many jazz standards, that's why it is very important to master this technique.

The II-V-I chord progression is made up of three basic chords constructed on each degree of the major scale.

Here is an example in C major :

  • The chord corresponding to the first degree is a major seventh chord (CM7).
  • The chord corresponding to the second degree is a minor seventh chord (Dm7).
  • The chord corresponding to the fifth degree is a dominant seventh chord (G7).

That gives this chord progression : Dm7 | G7 | CM7 | % | 


Which scales to use over theses II-V-I jazz backing tracks ?

The basic application is to play modes corresponding to second (II), the fifth (V) and the first (I) steps of the major scale.

Example in C major :

  • The scale starting with the first step of the C major scale is called ionian mode (major scale). It will be played over the C major seventh chord (I) (CM7).
  • The scale starting on the second step of the C major scale is called D dorian mode. It will be played over the D minor seventh chord (II) (Dm7).
  • The scale starting on the fifth step of the C major scale is called G mixolydian mode. It will be played  over the G dominant seventh chord (V) (G7).

All the previous and following scales are used and explain with charts in this eBook.

Here is a II-V7alt-I jazz guitar lick taken from the same eBook (free lesson).

We can also play bebop scales that brings chromatic lines :

Bebop scales : 

  • The dorian bebop scale (also called "minor bebop scale") is the same scale as the dorian mode including a major third (3) between the minor third (b3) and the fourth (4th). To avoid any confusion you must know that there are two versions of this scale, one with a passing tone (3) between the b3 and the 4th and one with a passing tone (7) between the b7 and the root (this one has the same intervals as the dominant bebop scale shown below). This scale is used to play over minor seventh chords.
  • The dominant bebop scale has a passing tone (7) between the b7 and the root. It will be played over dominant seventh chords.  

Here are these two other scales that will bring interesting tensions and altered lines to your playing.

  • The first one is called "Altered scale" (also called "super locrian mode"). It is the seventh mode of the melodic minor scale.
  • The second one is called "Half-whole diminished scale". It contains eight notes (octatonic scale).

Backing track preview (150 BPM)

II-V-I jazz backing tracks (C major) - Download - Secure payment (Paypal - Gumroad)

C major II-V-I jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 92 BPM - Lenght 5:03


II-V-I jazz guitar backing tracks 92 BPM

C major II-V-I jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 150 BPM - Lenght 5:14


II-V-I jazz backing tracks 150 BPM

C major II-V-I jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 200 BPM - Lenght 4:37


II-V-I jazz backing tracks 200

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Comments (2)

  • 1. jazz-guitar-licks (link) | 31/03/2016

Hi Oscar,
I planned to write a book about minor II-V-I licks. Have you take a look to this one ? http://www.jazz-guitar-licks.com/pages/jazz-guitar-licks/minor-ii-v-i/minor-ii-v-i-jazz-guitar-lick-locrian-mode-diminished-7th-arpeggio-free-jazz-lesson.html

oscar costa
  • 2. oscar costa | 31/03/2016

Hi. I'm enjoying books and joining my vocabulary so that my improvisations sound a little more to Jazz. But I miss the II-V-I in minor mode that is IIm7b5-V7b9-Im. You do not have cliches for this ??. Sorry for the translation of google

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