Harmony 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.

Video Demos

Away in a Manger
Brethren We Have Met To Worship
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
I Am Thine O Lord
I Run To Christ
I Surrender All
In His Time
Jesus Shall Reign
Lead Me To Calvary
My Jesus I Love Thee
Silent Night
Shall We Gather at the River (Version 1)
Shall We Gather at the River (Version 2)
What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 1)
What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 2) 
What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 3) 
What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 4) 
 What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Part 5)
When They Ring those Golden Bells

Functional harmony

Video Lesson: Circle of Fifths
Video Lesson: Converting V chords into ii-V progressions
The I-ii7-iii7 progression
The ii-V7-I progression and V7 to ii7 chord substitution
The IV/V to V7 progression 
The ii/IV – V/IV – IV progression
Praise Him, Praise Him demonstration
Do chords need to appear in a certain order?
Roots – Jumps or steps?
The biii diminished 7th
Pedal point: a simple reharmonization tip
Video Lesson: Changing the V chord to V7
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 harmony analysis
Silent Night harmony analysis
Jesus Loves Me harmony analysis
Shall We Gather at the River harmony analysis
I Run To Christ harmony analysis

Chord substitutions

Video Lesson: Minor chord substitutions (Part 1)
Video Lesson: Minor chord substitutions (Part 2)
Minor chord substitutions
Common tone chord substitutions
Video Lesson: Secondary dominants
When to use secondary dominants
Tritone substitutions
Substituting iv6 for IV
Video Lesson: Relating melody to harmony
Cool chords to end a song with
Increasing your chord palate
Chord substitution possibilities – Part 1
Chord substitution possibilities – Part 2

Complex chords

Video Lesson: Changing 3-note chords to 4-note chords
Video Lesson: Spicing up the I chord
Two ways to add 7ths to your music
Changing triads into 7th chords
Using the major 7th in your music
Adding the 9th
Polychords made easy? (Maybe not)
Which color notes belong to each chord
Important things to know about altered chords 
Matching harmony to melody Part 1
Matching harmony to melody Part 2
Chords with missing 3rds or 5ths 

Courses

Reharmonization
Chord Substitutions Made Easy
Arrangers Package
The Chord Toolbox