Jazz School: Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progression: Scale Cells Descending 3rd to 3rd


Lesson Goal: To develop fluency playing four-note scale cells for the minor iiø7-V7-i chord progression…

Pattern in the key of C Minor

Notice the leading tone B natural. This is a clue that all the notes are derived from the C “Harmonic” Minor Scale


Straight Rendition…

Swing Rendition…

Using your knowledge of the major scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), play this pattern in at least the following keys: C minor, G minor, F minor, A minor, D minor, E minor.

Learning by doing in this manner will build an enormous scale and chord vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial keyboard awareness, ear training, technique, and rhythm… and lays a solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

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