I am new to music theory especially jazz and blues. I have since learned about writing lyrics or singing over a traditional 12 bar blues progression using AAB form, thus repeating the first line (A) and finally responding to it (B). What I wanted to find out is, is there any similar or standard approach to writing lyrics and singing over ii-V-I jazz progression that one can use as a guideline?

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    What prevents you from listing a few instances of ii-V-I and looking if you can find any similarities? – piiperi Reinstate Monica Nov 7 '19 at 14:55
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    No standard approach for singing or soloing. A plethora of different ideas keeps getting added to. – Tim Nov 7 '19 at 16:32
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    The real question would be is there a standard way to harmonize melodies with ii-V-I chord sequence. You melody is more important. And these standard changes are replaceable with alternates. – ggcg Nov 7 '19 at 17:38
  • Melody should be your guide. Start with your melody. ii-V-I etc just are methods of harmonization. – Stinkfoot Nov 8 '19 at 16:52

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