PHOTO: Cindy Moorhead
Jazz chords sound great, and when they’re linked together in a progression, the effect can be sublime.
However, jazz chords are harmonically complex, and it isn’t always easy for players with little or no jazz training to understand how they link together.
In this lesson, Tyler Larson walks you through six of the most popular jazz chord progressions to help you get a handle on both the chords involved and their relationships with one another.
“Being able to recognize certain chord progressions in any context is helpful, but especially in jazz, because jazz is really where the best improvisers were born,” Tyler says.
“Being able to improvise over [jazz] progressions is a separate lesson in itself, but ear training and understanding how these chord progressions work together in a harmonic analysis point-of-view is important and something you should learn.”
Tyler then demonstrates the six jazz chord progressions and each of the chords contained within them.
At 5:51, he also demonstrates how to play a diminished 7th passing chord that works as a connector between any two minor chords.