The Minor 2 5 1 Progression – A Jazz Piano Tutorial

Jazz Piano
The 2 5 1 harmonic chord progression can be played in a minor variation, in which the root (the 1st degree) is played as a minor chord. This is called the minor 2 5 1 progression, and in this piano lesson we will examine how to mix and match the major and minor variations. This can then be incorporated into your jazz piano playing, harmonies and song reharmonizations.

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Learn how to modulate between different keys using the 2-5-1 Progression:

My 4-part series on the 2-5-1 progression, the power-house of jazz harmony, which builds up concepts from scratch (you should really watch this if you want to build up your understanding of jazz piano) :
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Wikipedia is another interesting resource concerning jazz piano, harmony and the 2-5-1 progression. To quote:
” … The authentic cadence (V-I) is the most important in both classical and jazz harmony, though in jazz it more often follows a ii/II chord serving as subdominant. Rawlins and Bahha: “The ii-V-I [progression] provides the cornerstone of jazz harmony” ”
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