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II-V Progression

A chord progression, most commonly found in jazz songs and standards. It comprises a chord built on the second note of the major scale (II), and a chord built on the fifth note of the scale (V). In most cases the diatonic seventh is added to both, making the II a minor seventh chord and the V a dominant seventh chord – so named because of its strong harmonic pull toward the tonic. In the key of C, Dm7 is the II chord and G7 is the V chord.

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