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Watch the The "Granddaddy" Chord Progression online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Jazz Comping Survival Guide: Minor

The "Granddaddy" chord progression is just the notes/chords of the scale organized in 4ths instead of steps. So instead of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 and back to 1 (that's the scale in "steps"), organized in 4ths we'd go: 1-4-7-3-6-2-5-1 . Written in Roman numerals this looks more familiar : I-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I .

So you can see that Vi-II-V-I (6-2-5-1) is right in there! This is probably the most common progression in jazz. A typical chord progression in Cm (natural or Aeolian minor, mostly using b6 and b7) would be Cm7-Fm7-Bb7-Ebmaj7-Abmaj7-D 1/2dim7-G7-Cm. This is very much like the first few bars of "All the Things You Are".

Let's also look into the other versions of this chord progression in minor: As above, we can use the chords built using the b6, but we can also mix and match which 6's and 7's we like. So we COULD go Cm-F7-Bbmaj7-Ebmaj7-A 1/2dim7-D 1/2dim7-G7-Cm7. And all of this is still in Cm, though it's more of a C jazz minor sound, since it uses mostly notes from the C jazz minor scale (Cm using A natural and Bb).

Here you have the first few chords of another famous standard, "Autumn Leaves". You'll find many, many tunes "hidden in plain sight" in this chord progression, in both major and minor keys.

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