Jazz School: [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Progression: Root Position Seventh Chord Arpeggios

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Lesson Goal: To develop fluency with the diatonic seventh chords for the workhorse ii7-V7-IM7 chord progression in all keys…

Pattern in the key of C Major…

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Straight and slow rendition…

Swung and articulated rendition…

Homework

Using your ears and knowledge of scales and chord structure, “transpose” this pattern to all spellings in three musically-useful patterns:

  1. Chromatically Ascending: C > Db > D > Eb > E > F > Gb > G > Ab > A > Bb > B > C.
  2. Chromatically Descending: C > B > Bb > A > Ab > G > Gb > F > E > Eb > D > Db > C.
  3. Cycle of Dominants: C > F > Bb > Eb > Ab > Db > Gb > B > E > A > D > G > C.

Doing so will develop an enormous chord vocabulary that you will know by eye, ear, arm, hand, finger, brain, and heart… laying a rock solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

learn more… ii7-V7-IM7 Etude: Ninth Chord Arpeggios