The major II V I is the most common chord progression found in jazz and a must-know for any jazz guitarist.
If you are unfamiliar with Roman Numerals:
II means 2
V means 5
I means 1
So, II V I means 2 5 1
In jazz we use roman numerals to represent chords in a given key. For example in the key of C major, your II V I chord progression would be as follows:
Major II V I Guitar Chord Chart
Here is the easiest way to play a II V I in the key of C major. You’ll notice this example doesn’t have TAB or notation because the quickest way to learn chords is with chord diagrams & video. In the video above I run you through these chord shapes.
*Note: Use the finger placement for the D Minor 9 chord I show you in the video. It is easier to play than the diagram.