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Substitutes for the I (1) chord (also will work for the IV chord) - Embellishments (changing the chord quality)


Here are the best substitutes (embellishments) for the I (1) chord...

Substitutes for the I (1) chord (also will work for the IV chord)

Spice up your chord progressions with these beautiful chords.


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This is part of a series where I walk you through how to substitute any chord in any progression.

The substitutes in this series are very basic embellishments (we are changing the chord quality) - we are not substituting different chords, just embellishing or extending the chords, for example: rather than playing a Cmaj7 you will swap it out for  A Cmaj9#11. 

Here we look at substitutes (embellishments) for the I (and IV) chord.

Learn about these beautiful chords and learn how to use them.

Wherever we find a major 7 in a harmonized scale, one of these chords can be used (See more on harmonized scales here). They can not be substituted for the V chord because the V chord is a dominant chord and it has a b7. There are many dominant substitutes that can be used for the V chord... Stick with those.

NOTE: Although a V chord is a major chord when a scale is harmonized with major and minor chords it is not a major chord when we harmonize a scale with 7 chords - it's a dominant, so the best choice for a V chord substitute is a dominant chord.


The most popular substitutes (embellishments) for the I (or IV) chord are:


Click on the links above to check out the lessons

In these lessons we look at the chord shapes learn how the chord is created and how to use it in chord progressions.

They may be substituted (used as embellishments for) for a I or IV chord.

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Substitutes for the I (1) chord (also will work for the IV chord)

 

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