II-V-I jazz guitar lick | m7b5 arpeggio | Free jazz guitar lesson with tab

II-V-I sequence | Bm7b5 arpeggio & ionian mode

How to play a Bm7b5 guitar arpeggio over a II-V-I jazz sequence ? The m7b5 arpeggio (also called half diminished) gets interesting when it is played over a minor seventh chord starting on the sixth of this chord, for example :

The Dm7 chord is made of the four following notes :

  • Root (D)
  • Minor third (F)
  • Fifth (A)
  • Minor seventh (C)

The Bm7b5 arpeggio is made up of four notes too :

  • Root (B)
  • minor third (D)
  • diminished fifth (F)
  • minor seventh (A)

By playing a Bm7b5 arpeggio over a Dm7 chord we get this :

  • The root of Bm7b5 (B) is the thirteenth of Dm7.
  • The b3 of Bm7b5 (D) is the root of Dm7.
  • The b5 of Bm7b5 (F) is the b3 of Dm7.
  • The b7 Bm7b5 (A) is the fifth of Dm7.

That brings an interesting thirteenth over Dm7.

The lick

Bar 1 : We can see a Bm7b5 arpeggio over the Dm7 chord.

Bar 2 : b7 and root of G7.

Bar 3 : C ionian mode.

Related lesson : Half diminished arpeggios, guitar patterns and fingerings.

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