251 Drill with Inner Voice Movement
In this lesson we take the same extended 251 progression that we covered in the previous lesson but we apply inner voice movement over the Imaj7 chord to add more interest at the point of resolution.
When playing jazz standards, we often have both harmonic and melodic space over the Imaj7 chord in a 251 progression, and so being able to visualise this inner voice in all 12 keys is a very useful piece of musical vocabulary to have at our disposal.
5 to #5 to 7 to 6
This inner voice moves chromatically upwards from the 5th to the #5th, we then move up a minor 3rd to the major 7th, and finally the inner voice moves down a whole step to rest on the 6th of the chord.
This inner voice movement can be applied with different rhythmic variations and patterns and it is commonly heard in solo jazz piano performance.
Related Theory Lessons
Check out the related theory lessons where we explore the concept of inner voice movement in more detail. Inner voices can be applied to all chord types, but for this lesson we exclusively focus on inner voice movement over the Imaj7 chord in the major 251 progression.
Whole Step Extended 251s – Type A File Type: pdf
It's very important to be able to visualise this inner voice movement on the piano keyboard.
The first example in the lesson shows the inner voice in the notation for clarity into the concept.
When practicing this drill we must see the 'path' of 5th to #5th, to 7th, to 6th, and also 5th to #5th to 6th.
- Once we can visualise this movement on the piano keyboard in all 12 keys, it is then at our disposal to add spontaneously and creatively into our jazz piano arrangements.