Watch the Dominant Blues Progression online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Jazz Progressions

After playing through each individual progression enough times to become familiar with the cadences, it then becomes possible to combine portions of one chord progression with another, creating new variations.

Complex harmony becomes less intimidating to memorize and internalize with repeated exposure to all of the small variations encountered in songs.

While the bebop vocabulary is dense, familiar cadences such as chromatic II-V-Is and the cycle of 4ths make the harmony more familiar with repeated listenings and attempts to solo through the changes.