Minor II-V-I jazz guitar lick | Locrian mode & Diminished 7th arpeggio | Free jazz lesson
The minor II-V-I sequence is very used in many jazz standards and a must know for any jazz student. Before playing you need to know this following :
The locrian mode is the seventh mode of the major scale. It has a particular sound because of its b2, its b3, b5, b6 and b7, it is used to play over m7b5 chords.
You will find guitar fretboard diagrams here.
The diminished seventh arpeggio is made up of four notes :
- Minor third (b3)
- Diminished fifth (b5)
- Diminished seventh (bb7)
It is commonly played over diminished 7th chords, but also over dominant 7th flat ninth chords (7b9) starting on the major third (3), the fifth (5), the minor seventh (b7) or the flat ninth (b9). This arpeggio is symmetrical, you can move any diminished 7th position (licks, chords and arpeggios) up or down three frets and you will still find the same notes.
Here is the related lesson with diagrams and fingerings.
Minor II-V-I lick | Locrian mode & diminished arpeggio
Here is an easy minor II-V-I lick that shows you how to use the locrian mode over a Dm7b5 chord and a diminished 7th arpeggio over a G7b9 chord.
- Bar one : D descending locrian mode (D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C) with a passing tone (A). You can also consider this scale as a the locrian bebop scale.
- Bar two : B diminished 7th arpeggio (B-D-F-Ab) and chromatic line (F-F#-G).In this line the B diminished 7th arpeggio starts on the third of G7b9.
- Bar three : Fifth and b3 of Cm.
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Last edited: 06/03/2017