Minor 251 Practice Drills
For Practice Slot 3, we are going to work on the minor 251 Progression.
Minor 251s are a completely different animal to the major 251, and they take a lot more time and patience to master. We will be working on these progressions for many years and it’s recommended to revisit these exercises from time to time.
Learning the minor 251s is a very gradual process, and something that we will develop at over many years.
A Variety Of Colours & Textures
One of the intricacies of minor harmony is the variety of colours and tensions we can add to the chords in the minor 251 progression. This in itself is gives us a huge amount of variations to work on. We’re going to cover the basic progression and we’ll also highlight a number of variations we can work on.
Type A & Type B ‘Starting Positions’
In the same way as the major 251, there are 2 important starting positions, Type A and Type B.
Type A always has the minor 3rd and the bottom and we can include the root at the top of the voicing. We can also look at this as a first inversion -7b5 chord.
The nice thing about having the root there, is that it allows us to voice lead the top 2 notes in contrary motion. The b7 of the ii-7 chord becomes the major 3 of the V7 chord, and the root becomes the #5/b13 of the V7 chord.
A Gradual Process
Remember that you will be learning and mastering these progressions over many years. You can always get quicker at finding them, and there is much to explore with inner voices over the 5 and 1 chords.
Rootless Voicings Practice Planner File Type: pdf