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Learning to play essential jazz changes

It's essential for a jazz guitarist to understand 2-5-1 chord progressions since they are the most commonly used jazz progression, found in almost every jazz song. 2-5-1, sometimes written as ii-v-i, refers to the chord progression made up from the 2nd, 5th and 1st chords in the major scale. Minor 2-5-1 uses the chords from the harmonic minor scale.

Complete explanation of 2-5-1 chord progressions, describing the theory behind them plus where, when and how to use them. Includes 24 cool, 2-5-1 chord progressions to expand your jazz vocabulary. Plus learn 24 voicings so when you read this progression on a rhythm chart you can react with some hipper jazz sounds. This will also help you recognize 2-5-1 chords when you hear or see them. 69 minute video lesson demonstrated close up and slowly, with link to PDF chord grids and chart, as well as Mp3 practice track to help you incorporate them into your playing.

Rich Severson