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Chord Substitution - Learning the basics
« on: Apr
il 13, 2013, 04:40:53 PM »

Chord Substituti
ons
In this lesson we will understand chord substitutions. Substitution is using one
chord in place of another. Chords that share common notes can be exchanged. Whe
n playing triads, sometimes chords that share two common notes can be switched.
Most of the chords in this chord chart of the song "I Love You Lord Today" can b
e played as triads.
C
F
G
C
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
Am Gbdim/D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
C
F
Gm F/C
F
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
C/G
F
G
C
That's why my heart is filled with praise.

C

-------------------------------------------------------------------------In order to find substitutions, we need to know the notes that make up each chor
d in the song. You will also need to know the notes for the major, minor, dimini
shed, and augmented chord triads in other keys. In the chords below, we see that
C major and A minor both share the common notes of E and G. This means that the
se chords could possibly be switched anywhere they are used in the song. You do
not have to switch out every chord but it adds flavor to the song when they are
used.
C = CEG | F = FAC | G = GBD | Am = ACE | Gbdim = GbAC | Gm = GBbD
In this example, replace every C major chord with the Am chord. Also replace the
Am chord with the C major chord.
Am
F
G
Am
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
C
Gbdim/D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
Am
F
Gm F/C
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
Am
F
G
Am
That's why my heart is filled with praise.

Am

F

-------------------------------------------------------------------------It sounds a little excessive when you replace all of the C and Am chords but it
can be more tasteful if you only replace a few.
C
F
G
Am
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
C
Gbdim/D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
Am
F
Gm F/C
F
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
C/G
F
G
C
That's why my heart is filled with praise.

C

-------------------------------------------------------------------------It pays to know your triads because there are other chords that can be substitut
ed in the song. In the chords below, F major and D minor share the notes F and A

. G major and E minor share the notes G and B. Gb diminished and D major share t
he notes F#(Gb) and A. G minor and Bb major share the notes Bb and D. In this ex
ample we substitute some of the chords that share common notes.
C = CEG | F = FAC | G = GBD | Am = ACE | Gbdim = GbAC | Gm = GBbD
Dm = DFA | Em = EGB | D = DF#A | Bb = BbDF
Original:
C
F
G
C
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
Am Gbdim/D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
C
F
Gm F/C
F
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
C/G
F
G
C
That's why my heart is filled with praise.
Substitutions Ex 1:
C
Dm
G
C
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
Am
Gbdim/D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
C
Dm
Gm F/C
F
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
C/G
Dm
G
C
That's why my heart is filled with praise.

C

C

-------------------------------------------------------------------------In this second substitution example when you put the Gbdim/D chord together it i
s actually a D7 chord (DF#AC). This chord is used because the melody note on the
word "such" is C. This means the Gbdim/D chord can be substituted as a D7 chord
in the right hand instead. The D7 chord can be shrinked to D major but you must
know that the melody note C is left out.
On the word "magnify", the Gm chord shares the notes Bb and D with the Bb major
chord but the melody note is actually G. The Bb6 (BbDFG) chord can be used in pl
ace of the Gm. The Bb6 chord can be played as just Bb major but you should know
that the melody note G is left out.
Substitutions Ex 2:
C
Dm
G
C
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today
F
Am
D
G
Because you care for me in such a special way
C
Dm
Bb F/C
F
That's why I praise you I lift you up and I magnify your name.
C/G
Dm
G
C
That's why my heart is filled with praise.

C

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