We are starting a new monthly thing here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast. Every month, on the third episode of the month, we will learn a new piece of vocabulary over a commonly used chord progression. This is meant for us to learn great material over chord changes that we will see everyday as an improvising jazz musician. If you aren’t dedicating at least a part of your practice routine to learning new vocabulary, you should be!
This week we take a look at what is perhaps the most common chord progression in jazz: the ii-V7-I. I’m taking a line that I believe I originally got from one of David Baker’s bebop books and committing it to memory and learning it in all 12 keys. I’ll show you the system I use in order to put lines in 12 keys fairly easily as well.
The final step is inserting the line into a tune with many ii-V7-I progressions and that tune is Cherokee. Tune in to hear about all of these concepts in more detail and learn how to make learning vocabulary a serious part of your routine!
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