17 Substitutions Down/Up Thirds TBk2

Do you want to go beyond what is in the chorusbook, hymnbook, or Internet? Then this chapter is for you!  Substitutions up/down a third can add smoothness, warmth, and richness to your songs/arrangements.

Our task is to substitute (replace) a single given chord with another. We’ll be working with chord replacement, not chord progressions, though progressions could be a secondary result.

Updated 11.2013. 15 pages, 38 examples.

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17 Chords that Never Made the Hymnbook KB Improvisation Bk1

Chord substitutions where the bass falls or rises a minor second, or falls a tri-tone plus a minor second, or where inner parts move chromatically by half steps, are effective in projecting splashes of color and suggesting deep feeling. Though they entail chromatic alteration, they tend to fall easily for the hands of keyboardists. And bass players love them!

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15 KImprovBk1 – Major Ninth (no third)

Major ninth chords with no third occur with regularity in contemporary worship choruses. They are bright sounding. Like the rock alternating harmonies, they are helpful in projecting a degree of tension—even power. You probably won’t find them in any hymnal though.

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14 Thinking Down in Thirds KB Improvisation Bk1

In this chapter we’ll explore chord substitutions that move up or down in thirds – mostly down thirds.  These harmonic substitutions will add smoothness, warmth, variety, and richness to your songs.

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