Jazz chord progressions – lesson 2

The jazz chord progression lesson series continues with another ii - V - I progression, but with some new chord types and in another key. Major Bb are among the most common keys in jazz and this progression is in that key (or C Dorian). The dominant V chord, is commonly played as a 9th chord in jazz when the root is on the 5th string.
Instructions: Notice the 3/4 time with three beats per bar. One way to play the chords is to play the root on the first beat and when the rest of the chord on beat two and three.

Cm7 | F9 | Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7

1st bar | 2nd bar | 3rd bar | 4th bar

Repeats: 5 times
BPM: 80
Time signature: 3/4

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Chord diagrams

These are some of the most standard chord fingering choices in the jazz style.


  • Cm7 chord voicing 8X888X


  • F7 chord diagram X8788X


  • Bbmaj7 chord diagram 6X776X

Alternative chords diagrams

As in the previous lesson, three-string shell voicings can be used for this progression as well.


  • Cm7 chord voicing 8X88XX


  • F7 chord diagram X898XX


  • Bbmaj7 chord diagram 6X77XX

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