Three Licks Incorporating Different Ways of Playing the iim7b5 Chord

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Navigating minor-key chord progressions, especially minor ii V I’s, in a comping or chord soloing context can be tricky when we first learn how to play jazz guitar.

It often seems there are limited voicings for the iim7b5 chord that consistently appears in minor keys, and too many options for the V7alt chord that follows the iim7b5 in a ii V I minor progression.

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Matt Warnock is the owner of, a free website that provides hundreds of lessons and resources designed to help guitarists of all experience levels meet their practice and performance goals. Matt lives in the UK, where he teaches Skype guitar students all over the world, and is an examiner for the London College of Music (Registry of Guitar Tutors).