Watch the ii V I Standard online guitar lesson by Henry Johnson from Jazz Expressions

In this performance, we're doing a song in Bb, based on the song "I Got Rhythm". Something unique about this performance is that I'm playing a pickup into it. When I get into the performance, you'll notice that I'm really trying to play more melodic and make things flow more rather than just trying to play a lot of notes.

There's a couple of things to pay attention to: There are a couple of sequences where you have a ii-V-I followed by a ii-V right behind it. If you were looking at the progression, it'd be called a I-vi-ii-V. Let's look at some of the techniques and devices I used over this progression.