By now, I doubt I need to go over the individual scale tones and corresponding chords, as we’ve covered these basic fundamentals in the last two month’s of lessons. If you haven’t read January and February’s newsletter, scroll above to get the link to the newsletter archives, where you can view all newsletters. Meanwhile, let’s get right to work. The following chart will list my favorite “6-2-5-1” progressions. I will start each progression with the “1” chord just so that you get a sense of what major key the chord progressions start and end on.
The following examples will be in the key of Db major: A ” / ” slash means that the note to the right will be played on the bass (left hand).
|Bb Eb Ab / Db||Ab C Db F / Bb||Gb Bb Db F / Eb||F A C F / Ab||Bb Eb Ab / Db|
|Db Eb F Ab / Db||Ab C Eb G / Bb||Gb Bb Db F / Eb||F A C E / Ab||Eb Ab Db / Db|
|B F Bb / Db||Ab D F / Bb||G C Db F / Eb||Gb C F / Ab||B F Bb / Db|
|F B / Db||D Ab / Bb||Db G / Eb||C Gb / Ab||B F / Db|
|Ab Db Eb F / Db||Ab B D F / Bb||G Bb Db E /Eb||Gb B C E / Ab||B F Bb / Db|
|Bb Eb Ab / Db||Ab Bb C Eb / Bb||G C Db F / Eb||C F A / Ab||Bb Eb Ab / Db|
Also, keep in mind that just because the progressions says “6-2-5-1” doesn’t mean you must only play one chord on the “6,” one chord on the “2,” and so on…
I actually like to play multiple chords on the “6.” Here are some examples below.
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From the “1” chord in Db:
(1) Ab Db Eb F / Db
(6) Ab C Eb G / Bb
(6) Ab B D F / Bb
(2) Ab C Db F / Eb
(2) G C Db F / Eb
(5) Db Gb Bb / Ab
(5) C F A / Ab
(1) Bb Eb Ab / Db
Notice how many chords I used in the above “6-2-5-1” progression. The first chord of each scale tone was usually more subtle but the second chord of the two would always push us towards the next chord. For example, the first “6” chord above led to a stronger “6” chord, which ultimately led us to our “2” chord. Keep these types of ideas in mind when playing “6-2-5-1” or any other progressions for that matter!