Jazz Chord Progressions For Minor Keys
Learning a wide range of major chord progressions is important, but just as important is learning minor jazz chord progressions. In this lesson you will be introduced to the theory and practice of playing through minor keys and progressions. There are many options, but Ged Brockie takes you through each step. Download the free resources now to complement the video.
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Lesson Nine – Minor jazz chord progressions
This is a partial transcription of the text found within the video above. It’s great to see you again, hopefully you’ve been looking at all the other videos in this series which is all about drop two voicings. This is video nine in the course and it relates to the book Drop Two Voicings Uncovered brought out by GMI and specifically relates to lesson number eleven within the book. This lesson is all to do with minor chord progressions and in talking to students, there is sometimes some confusion around this area. So, before I actually play the example that you can download and practice which is a II – V – I in C minor, going up the neck, I just wanted to show you the options that you have. I’m also going to talk a little about why we decide on certain things.
The first and most basic option that you may already know about is that every major scale has a relative minor. So, if we think of the scale E flat major and we go to the sixth degree of that scale we see the tone and chord is C, C minor. If we write this major scale from this new starting point of C minor, we have actually generated the C natural minor harmonisation. The great thing you should know is that all the work we did back in lesson seven regarding major diatonic key signatures is true here. So the progressions we can generate are like I – VI – II – V – I, I – VI – IV – V – I, a II – V – I are used in countless songs, time after time regardless of the songs being a major or minor tonality. To listen to more on this subject and see the in video graphics please watch the video above.