The Brown’stone: The Essential Key to Unlocking the 2-5-1 Chord Progression

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, we’re taking a look at a great way to practice when playing over the II-V-I chord progression. I’ll take you through a couple of exercises and show you some vital tips to remember when playing through these changes.

These tips and exercises opened up my mind (and my fretboard) to some great melodic and harmonic ideas. I hope you enjoy this lesson.

Rich Brown is a Canadian electric bassist, composer, educator, producer, and online radio broadcaster. He has recorded three albums as a leader and is featured on over 70 recordings covering a wide range of musical genres. Rich is also the host of his own weekly online radio show “New Origins” on, and has a YouTube channel called The Brown’stone dedicated to bass/music education. Check out his music on Bandcamp.

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