The 251 progression is the most common progression in jazz. Most jazz standards and lead sheets 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.
You will also come across incomplete 251s which are known as 25s. Being able to spot 25s and 251s will greatly improve your ability to pick up and play a lead sheet. In this lesson we discuss the basics of the progression and what to look out for to identify 251s on lead sheets and jazz standards.
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