This lesson is on some of the different ways you can approach II V progressions. There are quite a lot of songs that are consisting mainly of II V progressions. Songs like Four on Six, Satin Doll, Dearly Beloved and many more. When soloing on these it is important to have a good balance of when to spell out changes and when to focus on longer melodic ideas.
This lesson consists of two solos on the song Satin Doll. Both 2 choruses long. I have transcribed the solos and made lessons where I go over the solos phrase by phrase. The analysis will give you some ideas on how I play over this type of song and help you develop several approaches to improvising over II V progressions.
What I cover and discuss:
- What chord in a II V to play over and when
- Developing melodic ideas, motifs, riffs
- Applying pentatonic scales to a jazz song
- Double time and triplet phrasing
- Using Blues phrases in a minor key
- Motifs and variations of motifs in solos
- When to follow the changes and when not to
The Download includes:
- Performance video with transcription
- 81 min Video Lessons with analysis
- PDF/GuitarPro Transcription of 4 choruses
- Mp3 Backing track
- Mp3 Performance tracks
- Performance Notes
I hope you can use the lessons and solos as etudes and inspiration for your own solos. I also hope that the analysis serves as food for thought on how to both improvise and listen to jazz solos.