Analyze and recognize the II-V-I – know your theory and apply it + two basic II-V-I licks

The II-V-I progression – analyze and recognize it and apply it in your playing!
When you play jazz, or any other kind of music where improvisation is needed, it is important to know what material to use for your improvisation.
With this I mean – you have to know what scales and/or arpeggios you should use in your improvisation.
In any given piece of music you have of course as many choices as there are leaves on a tree!
But you always have some obvious choices.
The obvious choices are what you need to know right away and what should spring to mind when listening, checking and playing a piece of music.
To make the best choices, in the moment of playing, you need to be able to analyze and recognize the essential information in any given piece of music.
A very common progression in both jazz music and almost all other sorts of music is the II-V-I.
You are maybe already playing this progression, knowingly or unknowingly. You may want to know what you are playing or how you should play over the II-V-I progression? What is a progression and where does it come from? Many questions arise about the II-V-I.

In this video you will get information on how to instantly recognize and and analyze the II-V-I in a major key.
Where does the II-V-I progression come from?
I will show and play the obvious scale and chord choices on the II-V-I progression.
Towards the end of the video I give you two jazz licks fitting the II-V-I progression, played with the obvious scales and arpeggios choices.

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Posted on 10 de marzo de 2020

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