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Jazz Blues #3: Introducing II V I

 

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The next step in understanding this idea of Jazz Blues is the use of "II V I." This essentially means that at the end of the blues form we play this "II V I" progression (in bars 9, 10, and 11) as opposed to just playing the "IV V I" progression as we have in the past. Almost everything jazz is rooted in "II V I," and this lesson will give you a good introduction to this concept. Using the key of Bb, let's get you started on this concept and what it entails. In this example the chords are as follows:

i: Bb
II: C minor
IV: Eb7
V: F9
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