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Make That Substitution
November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Today's lesson is all about substitution chords.

Let's say, your song calls for an F Major 7th Chord. Well, instead of playing the usual F-A-C-E, why not try this on for size. I mean, you only live once.

Let's go with A-C-E-G. Say what??? Now, before you give up and google something, hear me out! If you start on the third of the F chord, that would be an A. Now you just play a minor seventh chord from the A and voila, you get an Am7.

How is that related? If you look carefully, you will see that A-C-E are in both chords but now you have an extra note, G. That is the 9th and it sounds (now I'm gonna go Boston on you) wicked awesome!!
We can do something similar when your song calls for a minor chord, let's choose A Minor 7th. That would consist of A-C-E-G right? Well, let's start on the third of that chord, the C, and play a major seventh chord.

So that's C-E-G-B. The C-E-G are the same but we've added, you guessed it, the 9th again. In this case, the 9th is the B. Magnificent!

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