There are a number of common chord progressions that you will find in virtually every jazz standard. After learning and memorising these important progressions you will have a much clearer understanding of jazz harmony.
Major 251s All 12 Keys
The 251 progression is the most common progression in jazz. It is the DNA of jazz music and it must be learnt and memorised in all 12 keys.
Rootless 251s All 12 Keys
Rootless voicings sound more professional then root based voicings and they voice lead much more smoothly in the context of a 251 progression.
Minor 251s All 12 Keys
The trick with learning minor the 251 progression is to visualize the starting position, if you can find that the rest of the progression will fall into place.
Advanced Minor 251s Notation
This variation of the minor 251 uses a -11b5 as the 2 chord. You have multiple options for alterations over the V chord including #5#9 and b9#5.
1625 & 36251 Formulas
Create killer introductions with these formulas. We provide the numeric notation so that you can build these sweet progressions in every key.
251 Comping Voicings
These 4 & 6-note comping voicings are suited to a trio or big band performance. We cover notation examples in both major and minor keys.
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