• Famous “2-5-1” Chord Progression

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    “The Famous 2-5-1 Chord Progression

    a) Dmin9 Chord (pronounced “D minor ninth chord”)

    Bass = D

    Right hand = F + A + C + E

    b) G13 chord (pronounced “G thirteenth chord“)

    Bass = G

    Right hand = F + A + C + E

    Note: This is the same chord above but since the bass is different, the chord is titled “G13” instead of “Dmin9.”

    c) Cmaj9 chord (pronounced “C major ninth chord”)

    Bass = C

    Right hand = E + G + B + D

    Now, play each chord consecutively (right after the other)…

    Dmin9 –> G13 –> Cmaj9

    *** This type of progression is commonly heard in jazz and worship music! I hope you enjoyed … see you tomorrow!

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    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 gbenga

    I love this lesson it is one of the best i have ever seen the are quite comprehensive


    2 Freddy Bello

    Jermaine, et all

    I think the proper for this G13 is

    Bass = G

    Right hand = F + A + B + E

    Because you need to add the 3rd (B) and the 7th (F) to give the tone its characteristic.



    3 Jermaine Griggs

    You’re right… I’m doing more of a G13 sus but what happens is I usually teach to lower the C down to the B eventually. Provides a nice feeling.

    All the best,


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    can anyone recommend any neat exercises or rythms that can be used to make learning the 2, 5, 1 chords in all keys much more easier and exciting


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