Dominant bebop jazz guitar lick with tabs | D7

This D dominant jazz guitar lick is mostly built with notes of the mixolydian scale. It starts with the ninth (C) and contains a E minor triad in bar one (E-G-B), a C major triad in bar two (C-E-G), the D dominant bebop scale (descending) then ends with a D dominant 7th arpeggio (D-F#-A-C).

1-The first line played in this lick is the E minor triad from the E minor scale (Aeolian scale) because we are in the key of G. To build this triad you just have to play the first (E), the minor third (G) and the perfect fifth (B) of the E aeolian scale (E-F#-G-A-B-C-D).

Playing a minor triad over a dominant chord starting on the second gives this following:

  • E is the ninth of D7
  • G is the eleventh of D7
  • B is the thirteenth of D7

2-The second triad is a C major triad from the lydian scale ( the fourth mode of the G major scale). To build it you must play the first (C), the major third (E) and the perfect fifth (G) respectively the minor seventh, the ninth and the eleventh of D7.

3-The D dominant bebop scale contains the same notes as the mixolydian scale, including a chromatic passing tone (major seventh) between the minor seventh and the root.

4-The D dominant 7th arpeggio at the end of this lick is made up of four notes :

  • Root (D)
  • Major third (F#)
  • Perfect fifth (A)
  • Minor seventh (C)

Remember that it is important to transpose this lick and develop it by adding notes and fret-hand techniques, don't become a lick player.

You can also play this line over a Am7 chord or over a II - V chord progression : Am7 | % | D7 | % |


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