Substitute Dominants

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Lesson Description

How many times have you played the same chord changes, chorus after chorus of "Autumn Leaves" or "Blue Bossa" or "All the Things You Are" or any tune? Wouldn't it be nice to throw in a few new chords here and there so that each chorus would be a little different? Jazz musicians do this all the time and the number one reharmonization device that they employ for this purpose is the technique of tritone substitution or subVs ("sub fives") for short. The use of substitute dominant chords to reharmonize tunes is a tried and true technique to freshen and revitalize chord progressions on the spot. Watch this lesson to learn what substitute dominants are, how they compare to primary dominants and how and when to use this essential device in tunes. 


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Five Essential Seventh Chords
Major ii-V-I Progression
Minor ii-V-i Progression

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Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on