ii-V-I Chord Progressions Through All Major Keys

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In this installment of our Jazz Guitar University lesson series, we begin our look at chord progressions common in jazz music.

The ii-V-I chord progression is the foundation of jazz music. As soon as you have a mastery of this progression in it's basic form throughout all keys, you will be ready to really tackle larger chord embellishments and analyze jazz standards.

Knowing how the harmonic progressions work and sound in jazz music is essential if you ever want to be a great jazz improviser. Or even just a decent one. 🙂

With this video guitar lesson you will learn a chord sequence that uses the ii-V-I progression through all major keys using the circle of 5ths. You will want to not only try to absorb the sound of the ii-V-I progression, but also the different ways it lays itself out across the guitar fretboard.

The greatest jazz guitar players in the world like Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Larry Carlton, Ted Greene, Lenny Breau and others have all mastered this chord progression throughout all keys and areas of the fingerboard.

The chord study in this video is the beginning of teaching you how to have complete mastery of the ii-V-I chord progression and therefore a much better understanding of jazz harmony in general.

Even if you are not into jazz music, this is still a great chord workout for any style of player. 🙂

Don't forget to download the chord chart PDF of the chord sequence taught in this video guitar lesson below.

Jazz ii-V-I Chord Progressions Through All 12 Major Keys PDF

Hope everyone enjoys this great chord workout. Make sure you master this lesson because this is the foundation of all the other jazz chord progression studies we will be doing here at www.guitarlessons365.com

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ii-V-I Chord Progressions Through All Major Keys


  1. Goran Stevic on October 19, 2011 at 3:00 am


  2. michael on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

    This is great. I added the vi chord to the sequence. Will you also be doing the minor progressions as well. That would be wonderful.



  3. Rob on November 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Great job guys and will this will be very helpful for all trying to get to grips with jazz.

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