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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks #6 - Descending Bassline ii V I

In today's jazz guitar chord lick video lesson, we’ll be checking out a cool sounding and fun to play ii V I chord line that features a descending bass line on the iim7 chord in the style of Jim Hall, Ed Bickert and Joe Pass.


The crux of this lick is that you are playing a descending bass line from the 9th of the iim7 chord down to the 3rd of the V7 chord, which sets up the rest of the lick.

Though it may seem easy on paper to get this lick under your fingers, it can be tricky to work out that descending bass line so that it is smooth and clean when you bring it to your chord soloing, comping or chord melody practicing.

For this reason, go slow with this lick and isolate the first bar until you are comfortable with it before moving on to the rest of the idea, which also features some classic jazz chording ideas and cliched patterns for you to enjoy.

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 way that the bass line voice leads from the 9th of the iim7 chord down through the b7 and into the 3rd of the V7 chord

* The ascending V7 lick that occurs in the second half of the second bar, classic jazz sound

* Using V7alt over the last two beats of the second bar to create tension before resolving into the Imaj7 chord on the downbeat of the third bar

* Using a 4th Voicing chord for the Gmaj7 in bar 3 of the lick

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 G Major at various tempos

* Run the lick in all 12 keys at various tempos

* Improvise over a G Major ii V I chord progression and use the lick as much as is tasteful in your solo

* Solo over different keys of major 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 Descending Bassline Jazz Chord Lick

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.]