II-V-I Phrasing - Modern Rock Examples

by Diego Budicin

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  • Hey guys!

    In this lesson I focused on 2 kind of II - V - I chord progressions. The major one and the minor one.

    A major II - V - I progression is made of: a minor chord, a dominant 7 chord, and a major 7 chord.

    A minor II - V - I progression is made of: a minor 7b5 chord, a dominant 7 chord and a minor 7 chord.


    I would share with you some melodic solutions. Hope to help you adding some new colors to your phrasing!


    Guitar : Ibanez AT100

    Equipment : Kemper + Zoom Tac-2 Audio Interface

    Tempo : 90 bpm

    Signature : 4/4

    Chord progression


    | Em7 | A7 |

    | Dmaj7 | % |

    |C#m7b5 | F#7 |

    | Bm7 | D/C |

    | Em7 | A7 |

    | Dmaj7 | % |

    |C#m7b5 | F#7 |

    | Bm7 | Bm6 |

    | Em7 | A7 |

    | Dmaj7 | % |

    |C#m7b5 | F#7 |

    | Bm7 | D/C |

    | Em add6 Gsus2/B |

    | Em9 F#9(#9) |

    | Bm6 |



    Key signature : D


    Techniques used :

    - Sweep Picking
    - Legato
    - Alternate Picking


    Have fun and stay tuned for the next lesson! ;)
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