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Piano basics the ii V I progression 

The example below shows the ii V I progression, one of the most common building blocks in jazz harmony. 

It is very important for bass players as well as all instruments to be able to recognize this sound. The example below shows aa common voicing incorporating good voice leading.

Practice these exercises until they are comfortable, when the piano voicing are familiar the goal is to play them in all 12 keys. 

The ii V I chord progression Basic piano voicing

Piano Basics for Bass Players. Examples of piano voicing for the ii min7 V7 I maj progression. One of the most common building blocks of functional jazz harmony.

The ii V I progression one of the most common building blocks of jazz functional harmony.   Shown in the exercises above.

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Use the the ii V I exercises shown above to internalize the sound. It is a very important sound in the jazz standard vocabulary. Many common chord substitutions are derived from the ii V I progression. 

If your piano skills are not ready or you don’t have regular access to a keyboard, the audio track is provided above. 

Take the time to learn some basic voicing on the piano, you’ll be glad you did. As you build your confidence in playing piano you will find you will want to practice more. 

Make it your goal to be able to comp some of the easier tunes in the Real Books and build from there. It will help your bass playing and its great for ear training.

The ii V progression is built into most jazz standard chord progressions as well as the Blues and Rhythm changes

At some time or another most great musicians have invested some of their practice time into working on the piano. If you want to write or arrange make the piano your friend. Start today, tomorrow never comes.

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