2-5-1 Advanced

Luca Mantovanelli

Tuesday 31st Oct, 2023

We're now going to switch to a 2-5-1 progression in a major key. In the key of D major, the standard 2-5-1 is Em7-A7-Dmaj7, but we're going to add an extra chord. This is B7, and means we now have 2-5-1-6 (or II-V-I-VI, if you prefer).

Tuesday 31st Oct, 2023

Ex 01

As I said in the introduction, we're creating tension by playing Superlocrian over the altered ...

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Ex 02

Now A Superlocrian resolves to A over Dmaj9 (the 5th), and B Superlocrian resolves to F# over Em9 ...

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Ex 03

The same approach as Ex2, but notice how my B7 line is a series of arpeggios from B Superlocrian.

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Ex 04

Here, the A Superlocrian line is a series of descending arpeggios.

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Ex 05

Resolving to the 5th of each minor chord. The B Superlocrian line is a mini legato workout!

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Lick 01

I hope you now feel more confident with the Superlocrian scale! We'll now build the full ...

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Lick 02

I start with E minor pentatonic and then play a sequence of arpeggios from A Superlocrian (Cm6, ...

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Lick 03

Hardcore legato! After the linear approach over Em9/A7#5, I then play a more vertical ...

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