Thanks guys! cdgraves' response in particular is very helpful. I'd known about tritone substitution, but never realised it was actually part of the usual ii-V-I unit. I've expanded the progression and it now goes something like this: Fm7 - Bb7 - Ebmaj7 - Am7b5 - Dm9 - G13 Db7 - Cmaj7
I've made it resolve to C, and I've also tried using more extensions to the chords. I've loved jazz for a long time, but never really looked past classical theory until now - so it's great hearing patterns I recognize!
Next up I'd recommend learning about common progressions and song structures. Then you could have a look into basic SATB writing and modulations.
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Sometimes I get the disturbing feeling that most of the people who discuss music theory on here have never read anything outside the forum. It would explain some of the weird memes that seem to pop up and now and again.
Just the forums obsession with modes proves this...
I was fiddling around on guitar with some jazz standards, and came across this quite cool progression. I understand that it's a ii7 - V7 - Imaj7 in Eb - but why does the A chord work? I'm guessing the full chord would be Am7b5 which seems odd in the key of Eb... This progression loops around quite nicely, but where could it go next?
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It could be atonal... but I'd just be tempted to call it an extended bout of outside playing! How about Meshuggah's tapping solo lead things? They sound pretty atonal - especially the one in New Millennium Cyanide Christ.