Learning how to play jazz chord progressions means learning how to play fast-moving ii-V chords.

ii-V’s are found in countless jazz songs and tend to move by pretty quickly, especially those that fit into one bar.

While learning chord shapes is helpful, it can lead you to jump all over the fretboard as you use root-based shapes for a ii-V.

To avoid this problem with fast-moving ii-V chords, the most important concept you can practice is voice leading.

To create a smooth voice leading you want to move from one chord to the next with as little movement, and as much color, as possible.

The easiest way to do this is to learn guide tones and then add color notes on top of those shapes.

In these exercises, you start with 4 positions of guide tones and then proceed to add 5ths, 9ths, and 13ths on top of those chords.


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