Welcome to episode 77 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about an important chord progression, the Major 1-6-2-5. This is a chord progression that shows up all of the time in jazz repertoire and you will want to learn how to navigate it. You’ll learn a helpful exercise and a few licks. Listen in!
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Being familiar and knowing your I-vi-ii-V chord progressions is really important if you want to become a successful jazz improviser. This chord progression comes up time and time again in jazz repertoire.
In this episode, most of the examples are in Concert Bb.
What’s a I-vi-ii-V in Bb?
Note: Often times, jazz musicians will change the minor 6 chord into a dominant 7 chord.
Starting on the root of the I chord:
Starting on the 5th of the I chord:
Licks as heard in this episode
Long I-VI-ii-V Lick
Short I-VI-ii-V Lick
The best thing that you can do to further practice this chord progression is to learn jazz language it. Listen to some of your favorite jazz artists playing over this progression and learn some lines. The more you learn the more discoveries you will make.