The Minor 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern video is really the minor counterpart to the Major 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern video studied in our last lesson. Like the major pattern, the minor pattern is a progression that is used extensively throughout standards, bossa novas, movie themes, Broadway songs and jazz tunes.
It is necessary to understand and be able to make this 3-chord pattern in order to play standards with a sophisticated cocktail piano sound. The minor pattern isn't used as frequently as the major 2-5-1, but is found in nearly all standards and therefore is a pattern that is absolutely necessary to learn to recognize. You can get an idea how often it’s used in standards by looking at the charts I’ve attached here with the newsletter. I’ve highlighted all of the major and minor patterns in the songs so you can see them.
The new video introduces you to the sound of the minor pattern and presents musical exercises for learning to play it in all twelve keys. I hope that you will find these exercises enjoyable. They are very calm and meditative. You may find yourself sounding like Debussy as you sink into them. Speaking of Debussy, he is often credited with ushering in the sound of the first modern jazz chords that coalesced in jazz piano legend Bill Evan’s playing in the 1950’s. You will get a hint of that when you are practicing the minor pattern.
The lesson also shows you how to apply the minor pattern to a couple of well-known example songs, “Sway”
and “Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
.” The A sections to both songs are made up entirely of repeating minor patterns.