TheI,VIm,IIm,Vpro­gres­sion

Guitar Techniques - - Using Passing Chords -

This­pro­gres­sion­is­pop­u­lar­i­nall­style­sof­mu­sic,butwe­can­makeit sound­much­mor­ein­ter­est­ing­with­pass­ing­chords.In­the­first­line oftheno­ta­tion,the­p­ro­gres­sion(Cmaj7,Am7,Dm7,G7)is­playedso we­can­hearthe­sound.In­linetwo,the­chord­sarechanged­toall dom­i­nan­t7th­chords.This­con­cep­tisknow­nas‘sec­ondary­dom­i­nant sub­sti­tu­tion’an­dadd­sex­traten­sio­n­an­drelease.In­linethree,weuse tri-tone­sub­sti­tu­tionon­chord­sVIandIIandthis­pro­videsaseriesof three­chro­mat­icde­scend­ing­chords.In­line­four,wead­dex­ten­sions that­providea­much­more­so­phis­ti­cat­ed­flavour.The­fi­nalli­neof the­ex­am­pleisa­chord­melodyideathat­com­bines­the­semi­tone ap­proach­with­theG7aug­mented(G7#5)in­bar22,thus­pro­vidinga smooth­tran­si­tion­fromG13­toC6/9.

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