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Instead of playing V7-IV7 in bars 9 and 10, we will play ii7-V7, and we will then land on the I7 (root) chord in bar 11. What we then get is the ii-V-I progression. In the last bar of the turnaround, we will again play ii7-V7, which will create a ii7-V7-I7 when it resolves at the first bar of the next verse.

I have also intrduced a VI7 chord (G7 when we are in the key of Bb) in bar 8, and the second half of bar 11. If we should put these chords in the context of C-minor, it would have been the V7-i chords of this key. By playing these chord, we are almost modulating to C-minor. But as we do not let this key get time to settle, we are only hinting at the key C-minor, rather than modulating to it.

I have difficulties explaining the function of the VI7 chord in the context of the home key. But it works, which is most important. I have stolen the chord and it's function in this progression form Jim Ferguson, who use it a lot in his book All Blues For Jazz Guitar. But he does not explain why he use it, and I have not been able to figure it out myself. (Does anyone out there have a good answer to this?)

In part 3 we will play the same progression in Eb, to use the other chord positions.

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