251 Progression with 3-Note Voicings
In this lesson we introduce the concept of whole-step 251 drills and how they can be an interesting alternative to drilling chord progressions around the circle of fifths.
We then explore the most basic of all whole-step 251 drills which sets the foundations for applying more advanced jazz theory and techniques.
Type A & Type B
This drill can be played with both ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’ voicings. We start with ‘Type A’ which is the easiest to visualise on the piano.
Voice Leading 7ths Dropping To 3rds
It’s important to understand that the voice leading is the same in both progressions; always 7ths dropping by half a step to the 3rd of the next chord.
Whole Step 3-Note 251s – Type A File Type: pdf
Whole Step 3 Note 251s – Type B File Type: pdf
This drill is the foundation for all other drills in the whole-step 251 progression course so spend the time to learn it thoroughly.
Ensure you can clearly visualise the 7ths dropping to 3rds in all 12 keys.
Use the PDF download files if necessary, but try not to become overly reliant on the notation.
- When playing these progressions, say the name of the progression and the chord names out loud or in your head. This will help you to internalise the chord names in each 251 progression.