Chord Substitutions / Reharmonization Free Lessons

These lessons deal with the process of improving and replacing harmony in songs. In general, we approach this in three ways:

* Improving the chord by adding complexity (such as turning triads into 7th chords).
* Changing one chord for another based on formulas.
* Replacing large chunks of harmony using rules of functional harmony.

Learning reharmonization is a very exciting way to add new life to your music. It is also a complex subject which is why I have written more lessons about harmony than any other topic.

Articles

Video demonstrations
Minor chord substitutions video demonstration (Part 1)
Minor chord substitutions video demonstration (Part 2)
Silent Night Reharmonization
Shall We Gather at the River Reharmonization
I Surrender All Reharmonization
Brethren We Have Met To Worship Reharmonization
Jesus Shall Reign Reharmonization
I Am Thine O Lord Reharmonization
Lead Me To Calvary Reharmonization
When They Ring those Golden Bells Reharmonization
My Jesus I Love Thee Reharmonization
Shall We Gather at the River Reharmonization
I Run To Christ Reharmonization
Away in a Manger Reharmonization
Circle of fifths example: In His Time
Video Lesson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 1)
Video Lesson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 2)
Video Lesson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 3)
Video Lesson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 4)
Video Lesson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 5)
Video Lesson: A Year-Long Project (2013)
Demonstration of secondary dominants
Chord substitutions: Does the ii chord sub for the IV or V?
Relating melody to harmony

Functional harmony (chord progressions)
Smooth chord progressions
Changing V-I progressions to ii-V-I progressions
Praise Him, Praise Him demonstration
Do chords need to appear in a certain order?
Minor chord substitutions
The ii-V7-I progression and V7 to ii7 chord substitution
The I-ii7-iii7 progression
The IV/V to V7 progression
A starting guide to reharmonization
Roots – Jumps or steps?

Cool chord choices
Increasing your chord palate
An introduction to secondary dominants
When to use secondary dominants
Tritone substitutions
Two important chord substitutions
Using the minor iv chord
The ii/IV – V/IV – IV progression
Cool chords to end a song with
Introduction to Chord Substitutions – Part 1
Introduction to Chord Substitutions – Part 2
Common tone chord substitutions

Adding 7ths, 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths
Two ways to add 7ths to your music
Polychords made easy? (Maybe not)
Changing triads into 7th chords
Choosing the right 7th for a chord
Adding the 9th
Using the 2nd/9th to end a song
The 2nd/9th as a filler in arpeggios and runs
A simple tip for the left hand

Analyzing songs/arrangements
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Harmony insight (Part 1)
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Harmony insight (Part 2)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Chord choices
Silent Night Reharmonization
Jesus Loves Me Reharmonization
Shall We Gather at the River Reharmonization
I Run To Christ harmony

Other stuff
Rootless voicings
Myths About Reharmonization
Important things to know about altered chords

Courses

Reharmonization
Chord Substitutions Made Easy
Arrangers Package
The Chord Toolbox