If lesson 5 went well for you then you’re ready to tackle what I have for you here.

This lesson will take a look at a longer progression and give you the feeling that you’re playing through a chorus of a jazz standard.

You’ll notice after a little analysis that the first progression is in “D” and the second progression is in “Bb”.

To label a numeric system for this sequence it would look like this:

2 – 1 – 4 – 2 of 6 – 5 of 6 – 6 – 5 of 2

Now, let me clear up the confusion…

The first part is simple – it’s simply a 2-5-1-4 in D.

Then, we place ourselves temporarily in “B minor”. So, we call the C# minor7 flat5 a “2 of 6” because in B minor the “C# ” is the “2” chord and of course the F# 7 is “5” of B minor. Since Bm7 is the “6” chord in D we have to call label this section as “2 of 6” & “5 of 6”.

There is also a turnaround using the “5” chord of Em7. This helps to resolve nicely back to the “2” chord and start the progression over again.

I added some variations to the Bb key to add some spice.

Example 1:

   Em7      A7#5    Dmaj9    Gmaj7      C#m7     b5 F#7     Bm7        B7
E |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |-7--------6--------5--—-----3----------5---------2--------3---------4---|
G |-7--------6--------6--------4----------4---------3--------2---------2---|
D |-5--------5--------4--------4----------5---------2--------4---------4---|
A |-7-----------------5-------------------4------------------2---------2---|
E |----------5-----------------3--------------------2----------------------|

Example 2:

   Cm7       F9       Bbmaj7    Ebadd9    Am7b5     D7b9      Gmaj7     G7#5
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |-8---------8---------6—--------8----------4--------4---------3--------4-----|
G |-8---------8---------7--------10----------5--------5---------3--------4-----|
D |-8---------7---------7---------8----------5--------4---------3--------3-----|
A |-----------8-------------------6-------------------5------------------------|
E |-8-------------------6--------------------5------------------3--------3-----|

Want To Learn More …

chord-progression-boxOne of the final stages you’ll go through before beginning to learn songs will be guitar chord progressions designed for practice.

They will provide you with that all important transitional step as you make the move out of learning guitar and into playing your first real song.

It is that simple secret that will transform your playing and it all lies with chord progressions.  We have teamed up together to create the ‘Chord Progression Mastery’.