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" Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!"


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Free piano lessons - Week 36 -


Chord Progressions Part 17:

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

Chord Sub Technique #3:

The "Half-Step Slide" Chord Substitution Technique

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Chord Sub Technique #3

Chord substitutions

The "Half-Step Slide" Chord Substitution Technique


     The "half-step slide" technique is another of the best ways to create a fresh harmonization of a familiar melody.

     Here's how it works:

Slide into the target chord by playing the chord 1/2 step above or below it.

     For example, the 2nd chord in Silent Night (if we play it in the key of C) is the G7 chord. So we play the chord 1/2 step above G7 -- which is Ab7 -- and "slide into" G7. The next chord after that is C, so we can play Db7 right before C if you want to. Then the next chord -- the target chord -- is F, so 1/2 step above F is Gb7, and we can slide into F by playing that first. Could we slide up instead of slide down? Sure -- it just depends on the melody note -- sometimes a slide up sounds better with the melody, and sometimes a slide down sounds better with the melody. We have to do some trial and error to find out, but once we find what works, we can use it over and over. So by doing this we have just made the song a lot more interesting.


     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":

(You can watch this 1 minute video as many times as you

 want just by clicking on the triangle at the far left of the control panel above)

      So now we have learned 3 of the most powerful chord substitution techniques known to man (or women, for that matter):

1. The "Into what other chord will this melody note fit?" technique.

2. The "m7 down a 4th for 7th" technique.

3. The "half-step slide" technique.

       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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