Here’s how you can add additional movement to your ii V I chord progressions.
If you want to know how to smoothen out the transition between your ii chord and V chord, this bass lesson is for you.
This concept will work both harmonically and melodically.
How to use a Major 6th Diminished Scale on the ii chord to create more movement to the V chord
In the key of Db Major, the ii chord is an Eb Minor 7 chord.
The notes of an Eb Minor 7 chord are: Eb, Gb, Bb, Db
If you change the order of the notes to: Gb, Bb, Db, Eb you will notice that these notes are the same notes as a Gb Major 6 chord.
We can now substitute the Eb Minor 7 chord with the notes of a Gb Major 6th Diminished scale.
There are many different types of 6th Diminished Scales. In this example, we will use a Gb Major 6th Diminished Scale because Eb Minor 7 has the same notes as Gb Major 6.
The notes of a Gb Major 6th Diminished Scale are: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, D, Eb, F
To create more movement between the ii chord and the V chord, play along the chord scale of a Gb Major 6th Diminished. Like a slide ruler, you can play chords along a chord scale. When it’s time to play the V chord, play the V chord.
For example, for your ii chord, try playing: Gb Major 6, Ab Diminished, Gb Major 6/Bb. After playing this, play your V chord.
Whenever you play D Diminished, you are implying a Bb7b9 chord. This is the Secondary Dominant of the ii chord Eb Minor 7.
Your ii V I chord progressions will start to sound more smooth.
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