Tag Archives: chord substitutions

Triads vs 7ths

Triads are sort of the basic building block of homophony, which is a technical term for the dominant way that harmony has been used in Western music for the past few centuries. They are useful without doubt; you can play most any song with triads.

But remember this: triads are not the end of harmony as we know it; they are the beginning of harmony as we know it. Being dependent on triads today is sort of like driving around in a Model T. We can celebrate the history of triads but they have severe limitations in music and music development has grown past them.

An example of great harmony: “I Run To Christ”

On my next recording, I am including several newer songs, some of which are written by friends of mine.  Two of them, Christ Anderson and Greg Habegger, collaborated on “I Run To Christ.”  From a musical standpoint, there is a lot to like about this hymn.  The most obvious thing is its natural shape, or […]

Introduction to chord substitutions (Part 2)

I was planning to go on to something else this week.  However, during the past week, I have heard from several people asking me about the chord chart that I provided last week.  Some questioned whether you can really use all of those chords when you have a C as the melody note. Below I […]

Introduction to chord substitutions (Part 1)

I hear from a lot of readers who ask me to cover particular things in these lessons. One of the most popular requests is how to do chord substitutions.  I always explain that I am getting there but have not really built a foundation in these lessons to tackle that subject yet.  I plan on […]