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Music Theory

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Practicing ii V I progressions in 4ths

In this ear-training and chord practice exercise, we move through the ii V I chord progression in each key in the order of the Cycle of 4ths.

The ii V I progression is the most common chord sequence in jazz and many other genres. Understanding it can give you ideas when writing music, and make it easier to jam with jazz cats.

The ii Chord wants to move forward to the V Chord, and the V Chord wants to resolve to the I (or the tonic).

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The Major Scale – Simplified

The Major Scale is the probably single most important thing in Western Music.

The major scale was among the first things you were ever exposed to musically, whether you knew it or not.

Rock-a-Bye-Baby? Row Your Boat? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Itsy Bitsy Spider? The melody of these, and most other nursery rhymes, use nothing but the major scale.

If you only remember only one thing from you’re first grade music class, it’s probably ‘do re mi fa so la ti do’. Those are the sounds of the major scale.

It’s the basis for the majority of songs across almost every genre in Western music.