Ever seen a chord progression like: Fmin7-Bb7-Cmaj7? Wouldn’t an Fmin7-Bb7 be a ii-V of Ebmaj7? It would, except this progression is utilizing a chord substitution called a back door dominant.

In this video, I go over what a backdoor dominant is, how it works, and how they function with a little bit of help from the first 4 bars of the jazz standard “Lady Bird.”

Important Links and Resources

Suggested Resource:

If you’re interested in studying jazz standards, and how the harmony works, you may enjoy my eBook “The Jazz Standards Playbook

Further Reading:

LJS 121 Understanding Secondary and Back Door Dominants.

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing

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