Chord substitution is to replace a chord by another one to add more harmonic interest to a piece, a song or a chord progression. In jazz music, this technique is widely used to add interest to a . It can be useful to reharmonize a harmonic sequence or a jazz standard. There are two types of substitutions :
- Diatonic substitutions (chords that have the same tonal function) :
- Relative minor.
- Secondary relative minor.
- Dominant minor (II-V).
- Chromatic substitutions (Formed with chords from other keys or modes) :
- Tritone substitution.
- Secondary dominant chords.
- Chromatic common tones.
- Chord quality substitution.
- Adding II-V progressions.
This post is focused on diatonic substitutions, chromatic substitutions will be discussed in another topic.
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