This Micro Lesson takes a look at how the chord movements operate for a common set of jazz changes.
Jazz progressions operate around a set of common harmonic movements. Of these changes, one of the most popular are the II chord moving into the V chord of the key center.
There are different types of chord movements that will precede this II-V. In this Micro Lesson example we are in the key of "A Major" working from the root chord to the fourth chord (Amaj7 to Dmaj7), prior to the II-V, (Bmi7 to E7).
To jazz up the II-V change a little, I've added extended chords of an 11th onto the "Bmi" as well as, a 9th onto the "E7" chord within that II-V.
If these chord patterns are new for you, take your time memorizing the shapes. It won't take long before they start to feel comfortable.
And, once you begin switching from one chord to the next, keep the rhythms simple. Most of all, have fun learning this set of popular jazz changes. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 078: "A Major" I, IV, II, V Jazz Progression