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" Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!"

 

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Chord Progressions Part 16:

""How To Create Unlimited Original Chord Progressions Using Chord Substitutions""

Chord Sub Technique #2:

The "m7 down a 4th for 7th" Chord Substitution Technique

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Piano chord substitutions

The "m7 down a 4th for 7th" Chord Substitution Technique

 

     The "m7 down a 4th for 7th" technique is another of the best ways to create a fresh harmonization of a familiar melody.

     Here's the deal:

For any 7th chord, substitute a minor 7th chord a perfect 4th lower, if the melody will tolerate it.

     For example, the 2nd chord in Silent Night (if we play it in the key of C) is the G7 chord. So we simply go down a perfect 4th from G -- which is D -- and we build a minor 7th chord. The melody at that point is "D", so there's no conflict between the melody and the chord. So it works. After playing Dm7, we can go back to G7. We have just made the song more interesting.

     If you're not sure what chord is a perfect 4th below a 7th, here's a chord substitution chart that will help you. You might want to print it out and keep it on your music rack on your piano:

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C7                   Gm7

F7                    Cm7

G7                    Dm7

D7                    Am7

A7                     Em7

E7                     Bm7

B7                     F#m7

Db7                  Abm7

Eb7                   Bbm7

Ab7                   Ebm7

Gb7                   Dbm7

Bb7                   Fm7

     So:

    

    

     Get the idea?

     Now watch the 1-minute video while I demonstrate the technique, and I think you'll understand quickly:

   

     Watch the "Learn-a-Chord-Color-Magic-Technique-In-One-Minute-Flat-Video":

 

 

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     Next issue we will demonstrate another chord substitution technique, so look for that in your next  E-Newsletter.

     If you learned something from this 1-minute video, just think what you'll learn from our video tapes, many of which are up to two-hours long! Click on the video below to learn more about them:

 We have a great course available that goes into all this in great depth -- we've just scratched the surface here -- so if you're interested, be sure and take a look at "Chord Substitutions!"

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