Let's step back for a second


Before starting this tutorial, please refer to the Essential Needs for this Lesson page. It will give you the links for the audio, staff notation, and tab for this lesson. It also includes a few links that will provide a number of resources regarding prerequisites for a lesson of this type.


Before jumping into the Play by Play we should talk about a few things that are taking place in this tune and are common in many other tunes, jazz or other wise.

We talked about the fact that all of the progression is in the Key of C Major, except for the D7 chord which is in the Key of D Major.

Knowing Diatonic Theory will allow you to see what Key you are in, when you leave the Key, and what key you've moved too.

Well, is all the Dominant chords and Substitutions are creating YOU some tension personally?...amazingly, these also create the tension within the music. That's their purpose.

Essentially what happens with this progression is the G7 is the V7 of the Key of C. The V7(G7) to the Imaj7(Cmaj7) movement creates a "tension and release". The V7 chord provides the tension, and the Imaj7 provides the release.

Through the lesson you will see and hear how this works by altering the V7 chord to create some severe tension and then things fall right back on their feet when the Imaj7 hits.

This tension and release can be used lightly or stressfully. So, it has many uses throughout many style of music, not just Jazz. So, it's wise to get a grip on it.