March 25, 2020

II-V-I Progression, Pt. 2


This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you discover, learn, and play the iconic II-V-I Progression, Pt. 2. In this episode, we layer various melodic triad patterns over the II-V-I Progression to begin developing improvisational jazz language. Be sure to Download the Podcast Guide for this podcast that musically notates the four minor triad motions (ascending/descending, descending/ascending, ascending/ascending, descending/descending) launching for the root, third, and fifth of the minor triad in all 12 major keys. An invaluable educational tool to reference while studying and practicing this iconic progression and voicings. Download Podcast Guide.

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PODCAST LESSON OUTLINE

  1. II-V-I Progression (Key of Bb Major)
    1. Ascending/Descending
      1. Minor Triad Motion
        1. Root Entry Point
          1. Ascending: B C Eb G
          2. Descending: F# G Eb C
        2. 3rd Entry Point
          1. Ascending: B C Eb G
          2. Descending: F# G Eb C
        3. 5th Entry Point
          1. Ascending: F# G C Eb
          2. Descending: D Eb C G
    2. Descending/Ascending
      1. Minor Triad Motion
        1. Root Entry Point
          1. Descending: B C G Eb
          2. Ascending: D Eb G C
        2. 3rd Entry Point
          1. Descending: D Eb C G
          2. Ascending: F# G C Eb
        3. 5th Entry Point
          1. Descending: F# G Eb C
          2. Ascending: B C Eb G
    3. Ascending/Ascending
      1. Minor Triad Motion
        1. Root Entry Point
          1. Ascending: B C Eb G
          2. Ascending: F# G C Eb
        2. 3rd Entry Point
          1. Ascending: D Eb G C
          2. Ascending: B C Eb G
        3. 5th Entry Point
          1. Ascending: F# G C Eb
          2. Ascending: D Eb B C
    4. Descending/Descending
      1. Minor Triad Motion
        1. Root Entry Point
          1. Descending: B C G Eb
          2. Descending: D Eb C G
        2. 3rd Entry Point
          1. Descending: D Eb C G
          2. Descending: F# G Eb C
        3. 5th Entry Point
          1. Descending: F# G Eb C
          2. Descending: D Eb C G

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Dr. Bob Lawrence
President, The Dallas School of Music
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