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Just Friends Chords Analysis

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One classic jazz standard that everybody needs to know is Just Friends. This is a great tune that explores diatonic jazz harmony but with some twist and turns and some great harmonic lessons. 

So, in today’s video, I’m going to go on a full-on in-depth chords analysis of Just Friends, so we can understand how these chord progressions work.

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Further Reading:

Making Pentatonic Scales Musical Over Just Friends

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Harmonically the first 5 bars of Just Friends are referred to as a subdominant cadens. Why don t call it that? Best,


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