Jazz Piano
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In this lesson I show you my favorite reharmonization technique – Tritone Substitution.

Anytime you see a V7 chord in a jazz song (e.g. G7) you can transpose that V7 chord a tritone up (or down) and play Db7 instead.

This sounds great in ii-V-I’s (applied to the middle V7 chord), but you can also use it to precede a ‘target chord’ – so say you’re about to play F min 7, then you could precede it with a Gb7.

When you change the chords, you also change the scale that’s implied – so you’ll sometimes need to tweak the melody notes to fit with this new scale. Over V7 chords I always like to play the Lydian-Dominant scale – so over C7 play:
C D E F# G A Bb

1:04 What Is A Tritone?
2:49 How Tritone Substitution Works
6:21 Applying Tritone Sub to ii-V-I’s
8:13 Minor ii-V-I’s
9:18 Chromatic Moving Basslines
11:26 Reharmonizing ‘Cry Me A River’
16:02 Tweaking Melody Notes
17:47 Final Words

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