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This six part Master Class utilizes some useful tricks in aiding the guitarist in devising their own motivic II-V-I single note lines. Not only will the lines have a solid structure but the dominant sevenths will contain some spicy altered sounds.

The best part about these concepts is that they are relatively simple to apply to the guitar fingerboard.

The six parts are broken down into using the following scales over II-V-I’s in a structured manner:

Real melodic minor scales, Dorian scales, Minor 6 pentatonic (Coltrane pentatonic) scales, Bebop Dorian scales, Minor 6/diminished (Barry Harris scales) and Harmonic Major scales used over minor II-V-1’s.

The examples are played over a backing track and thoroughly analyzed. Different keys are used to get the player into all positions of the fingerboard.

Check out this fun Master Class on single note line II-V-I lines getting these concepts firmly in your mind and fingers. Your soloing will be filled with some new motivic and exciting altered lines.

  • 12 pages of PDF examples including TAB and standard notation
  • 95 min. running time


Class Content

II-V-I Motivic Phrases
II-V-I Motivic Phrases 01:36:00

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  1. Profile photo of L Flindall

    Excellent lesson


    Lots of examples and reiterations of examples so you can understand how to develop them and create your own. Excellent pacing throughout the video and very thorough explanations of what he is doing. One of the most valuable insights into this jazz progression I have come across.

    The ideas are also powerfully simple, tasteful and melodic. 200 rambling, boring, meaningless 251 licks that are tough to remember this isn’t. Instead he teaches you how to build melodic phrases by combining theory and the neck of the guitar to makes the lines shift. He shows you the rules to do this, a ton of examples all accurate on PDF, and the rest is your imagination.

    I cant rate this lesson highly enough!

    ~ L Flindall (April 23, 2018)

  2. Profile photo of Michael H

    Excellent course - easy to jump right in, a pleasure to watch


    I have been so impressed with Steve Herberman’s style of teaching. For such an amazing and gifted player, he always comes across as being modest, down to earth, humble. The course is a good length, and no time is wasted: it is all spent demonstrating and discussing the material, which centers around shifting phrases by interval, in a musical way, to match the changing harmony over the basic progression. Even though I am familiar with the basic ‘tricks’ involved here, I found a lot of the material to be very fresh and it gave me some new angles from the start, Most important – Steve’s way of teaching inspires us to go and play this stuff with a sense of freedom and confidence. Full marks from me!

    ~ Michael Hammersley (March 15, 2018)

  3. Profile photo of Marco Escobedo


    This is such a great class! Mr. Herberman is a master, and an incredible human being! He is a true practitioner of what he preaches! The sycopated lines in the pdf echo ideas from the Action:Reaction record, particularly from the track Negev Journey! I recommend for someone who tired of their old, “bag of tricks”, as Wes used to say, and really hone the skill of moving ideas in intervals of minor 3rds over a dominant and understanding what a minor 6th pentatonic scale is.

    ~ Marco Escobedo (December 22, 2017)

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