Chord Progressions

Jazz Guitar Chord Progressions 2 - ii V I Drop 2 Chords on the Middle 4 Strings

When learning how to play jazz guitar, many of us start by learning chord shapes in different inversions across the neck, often in all 12 keys.

While this is a great way to get important shapes under our fingers, such as Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings, we are often left asking ourselves, "Now that I can play all these chords, how do I use them in a practical situation?"

Jazz Guitar Chord Progressions 1 - Drop 2 ii V I 1

One of the most commonly used chord progressions in jazz, the ii V I VI group of chords is one that every jazz guitarist needs to master in order to be able to convincingly and correctly comp over their favorite tunes.

The Blues Progression

The 12-bar blues may be the most popular chord progression there is.

It is named after the number of bars in the progression and not the number of local bars it has been played in which far exceeds twelve.