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Jazz Guitar Chord Licks – ii V I G Major

When learning how to play jazz guitar, we are often drawn to the cool chord soloing sounds of great players such as Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau and Jim Hall.

While we may know that we want to sound like these legendary players in our own solos, we’re often stuck as to what is the best way to practice in order to get our jazz guitar chord solos up to par.

One of the best ways to increase your jazz guitar chord soloing vocabulary and build your confidence in the chord soloing realm is to work out and practice good-sounding licks that you can then develop and build upon in your own solos as you bring these ideas to jam sessions and gigs.

In today’s jazz guitar chord lick lesson, we’ll be taking a look at a ii V I chord lick in the key of G major that uses different Drop 2, rootless and 3rd and 7th voicings to harmonize a fun and easy to play melody line.

Have a question or comment about this lesson? Visit the ii V I in G Major thread at the MWG Forum.



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.


  • When building a jazz guitar chord lick it is easier if you have a melody line first, then harmonize it after you have worked out the melody line on the guitar
  • If you want to play a m9 chord, you can play a maj7 chord shape starting on the 3rd of that chord, such as playing Cmaj7 over an A bass note to make Am9
  • You can take the root out of any chord you know to make it a “rootless” chord voicing that will sound good and free up your fingers to add other color notes to the chord


ii V I G Major Jazz Guitar Chord Lick


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Jazz Guitar Chord Lick Video Lesson


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Jazz Guitar Chord Lick 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 over a ii V I chord progression at a variety of different tempos
  • Practice the lick all 12 keys across the fretboard
  • Practice the lick in all 12 keys and at a variety of different tempos
  • Work on applying this lick to a tune that you are working on by inserting it into your solos and comping ideas over that tune
  • Start to add in notes and chords of your own to the lick, change the rhythm, take notes out of the lick, basically vary the lick to make it sound less like my lick and more like your own 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.

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