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Jazz Piano Introduction – II-V-I Progression
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II – V – I Progressions
II – V – I (2 – 5- 1) progressions are the most common chord sequence used in Jazz.
It’s important to know them in every key because Jazz Standards (common Jazz tunes) often move quickly through many keys.
If we think back to the scale-tone sevenths we can see that in C major:
Chord II would be Dm7 (minor 7th)
Chord V would be G7 (dominant 7th)
Chord I would be CD (major 7th)
Note! A dominant 7th chord is generally just called “7”, eg G7, A7
There are several different ways of writing chord symbols, which can be frustrating at first. Some are better than others but it’s important to be familiar with them all.
Each of the progressions in the following exercise are II-V-I progressions in different keys.
It’s important to become familiar with all 12 keys.