Minor 251 Progression Left Hand Voicings
In this lesson we are going to look at some alternative ways to voice minor 251s with our left hand. I have used these voicings in numerous jazz standard tutorials and so now it’s time for a dedicated lesson so you understand the theory and how to construct these voicings.
In the introduction lesson to the minor 251, we looked at two variations for voicing minor 251s in our left hand. To start the progression, we voiced the II chord – which is a -7b5 chord — in it’s 1st or 3rd inversion.
Depending on which inversion we chose, we moved either the top 2 notes or the bottom 2 notes by half steps in opposite directions to get to the 5 chord with b9 #5 alterations and then dropped down to a Type A or Type B rootless voicing for the I chord.