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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks #5 - Parallel m7b5

In today's jazz guitar chord lick video lesson, we’ll be checking out a short but very sweet minor key ii V i lick that uses the parallel m7b5 concept.

In today's jazz guitar chord lick video lesson, we'll be checking out a short but very sweet minor key ii V i lick that uses the parallel m7b5 concept.

The idea behind this concept is that you play a m7b5 idea over the iim7b5 starting on the root of that chord. Then, when you move to the V7alt chord you move that first idea up a m3rd interval, so you are playing a m7b5 chord starting on the b7 of the V7alt chord.

This idea has been used by many great jazz guitarists, and it's one that I use in my playing all the time. It allows you to make two ideas out of one shape while outlining the chords at the same time. A jazz guitar win-win!

Things To Notice in This Jazz Guitar Chord Lick

Here are a few points that I bring out in the video lesson that you can take and apply to your practice and performance to allow you to create jazz guitar chord licks like this in your solos and comping.

* The use of the m7b5 chord from the root of the iim7b5 chord moved up to the b7 of the V7alt chord

* The addition of the 11th, the note C, on the Gm7b5 chord, and the Eb, the 11th of the Bbm7b5 chord being subbed over C7alt

* The use of the 3 to 9 chord, Abmaj7, in place of the Fm7 chord in bar two of the lick, producing an Fm9 sound

Jazz Guitar Chord Practice Tips

Once you have checked out the video lesson and tab/notation for today’s jazz guitar chord lick, try working on different ways of practicing and applying this lick to your playing.

Here are a few ways that you can practice this or any chord lick to get you started.

* Practice the lick in the key of F minor at various tempos

* Run the lick in all 12 keys at various tempos

* Improvise over an F minor ii V I chord progression and use the lick as much as is tasteful in your solo

* Solo over different keys of minor ii V I’s and bring the lick into play as much as is tasteful in each key

* Start to change the rhythm, notes, add notes in, take notes out, add slides etc. to make the lick your own and bring it from the page into the musical realm.


notation and Tablature for Parallel m7b5

Check this jazz guitar chord lick out in the practice room and then bring it out to a jam or gig to see how it fits into a musical situation. What do you think of this lick? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Edit - licks and Tab are on the following screens, not on a separate page.]