The IIm7 – V7 – Imaj7 Chord Progression of the Major scale

In Chords, Theorie on November 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

The IIm7 – V7 – Imaj7 Chord Progression of the Major scale

Below are the first (Imaj7), second (IImin7) and fifth (V7) scale-tone chords of the major scale.

A typical improvisation practice:

  • the Dorian mode over the IIm7 chord
  • the Mixolydian mode over the V7 chord, and
  • the major scale over the Imaj7 chord.

The D Dorian and G Mixolydian modes are both derived from the C major scale. The same seven notes are therefore used for the entire II-V-I segment.

1. Dm7 – G7 – Cmaj7 D   E   F   G   A   B   C   D 

G   A   B   C   D   E   F   G

C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C

= D Dorian mode 

= G Mixolydian mode

= C major scale


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