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A ii-V-I utilizing a V7(b9) sound. The sound features a B diminished structure descending, resolving to the 3rd of the I chord. For beginners, the b diminished structure serves as an "upper structure", a way to conceptualize the tall chord G7(b9), but thinking of its extensions as forming a basic seventh. In other words, G7(b9) is just B diminished 7 over a G note.

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A ii-V-I lick based on chromatic approaches.

Enclosing this shape on downbeats:
B D F A G F E D C

The lick is as follows, with chromatic approaches on offbeats:
B C D E F G A F# G E F D E Eb D Eb C

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