Rootless 251 Progression

Rootless voicings sound more professional than root based 7th chords and they voice lead much more smoothly in the context of a 251 progression.

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Minor 251 Progression

Minor harmony is much more complex than major harmony and so the minor 251 progression takes much more time and patience to master.

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Major 251 Progression

Most jazz standards that you come across will contain a 251 progression in some form so it is essential that you know how to construct and play the 251.

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Tritone Substitution

Tritone Substitution is a reharmonisation technique that can be used to add harmonic interest to a chord progression. In particular 251 progressions.

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Upper Structure Triads Intro

Upper structure triads are predominantly used on dominant chords but can also be applied to other chord types. This lesson focuses on dominant uppers structures.

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Practicing Upper Structures

Learning and memorising all of the upper structure triads is a daunting task! This lesson introduces the upper structure cheat sheet to speed up the process.

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Altered Jazz Chords in 251s

In a minor 251, the 5 chord will be an altered dominant chord. In this lesson we are going to apply altered dominant chords to the major 251 progression.

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Advanced Tritone Subs

In this lesson we are going to look at various ways to add harmonic interest over dominant chords using tritones with the tunes ‘Body and Soul’ and ‘Misty’.

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2 Handed Minor 251

We have voiced minor 251 progressions with our left hand and so now it’s time to spread the notes across 2 hands to get bigger chords with more impact!

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The Minor Line Cliché

In this lesson we are going to explore the different ways you can navigate over the minor line cliché using bass lines, two-handed chords and left hand voicings.

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Passing Chords Tutorial

Passing chords are temporary stepping stones between chords, adding harmonic variety and make your playing sound more interesting and dynamic.

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Practicing Rootless 251s

251 progressions are essential components of the jazz language and so taking the time to learn and memorise them will greatly benefit your playing.

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Left Hand Minor 251s

In this lesson we are going to look at some alternative ways to voice minor 251s with our left hand. We introduce the -11b5 chord and its inversions.

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1625 & 436251 Progressions

Intros can be useful to extend the length of your performance and also to establish the tonality or the key in which the tune is being played.

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Comping Voicings & Rhythms

One of the most important things to remember is that “Comping” is shorthand for ‘accompanying.” It’s a subordinate role in the band.

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