The Ultimate II-V-I Primer

This is the title of a new pdf book that I have written. Basically, it is a step by step introductory approach to learning all your major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords. I take you through the basics of playing just the roots and then add the 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, 9ths………. The goal of this pdf book was to give my students a starting point where they could start to really learn their chords. Once the chords are really memorized then the student will have the freedom to improvise in a greater way. In the same way that an extensive vocabulary will help a person to communicate better.

Learning these fundamentals and getting them mastered will help a musician to improvise in a more creative way. Below is a sample from the book. What I’ve tried to do is make the exercises very systematic and progressive. If you go to my Lesson on “The Ultimate II-V-I Primer”, the book is included when you purchase Part 1 of the audio lesson.
This book is also an excellent resource to use while improvising through tunes that you are memorizing. Playing these exercises will force you to really internalize each chord and it’s upper structures. Once you can play through these exercises it will make my “Best II-V-I Patterns” that much easier to master and learn. I hope you enjoy it. Steve

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. If I had known how good this lesson is I would have paid ten times more!
    Let me explain, this lesson actually slowly (and very pedagogically) gets you to learn your scales and chords in a way that you actually see and enjoy doing it.
    I’ve been trying to improve my sax playing for a while, but this REALLY HELPED! The lesson will last a beginner/intermediate player at least 2 months to master…. well worth the 8€ I paid for it!!!!!!

    Thanks Steve … keep up the good work

  2. I find the lessons excellent ! Lately I read Hal Crook Book -Ready Aim Improvise , it is mentioned advanced players improvise using melodic approach – all diatonic chords regarless of what written -tonic non tonic
    For me as a beginner improvisor ,it would be a lot easier to improvise , and only keep the ending sound on tonic chord ?

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