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Easy Chord Substitutions-A Quick Tip to Make Your Playing Sound Hipper

If you want to make your playing sound jazzier or hipper, simply substitute a Major 7th chord for any Major chords. For example if in the song you are supposed to play a C chord, substitute a C Maj 7 instead. It will sound like this. So if you were supposed to play an F chord, substitute a F Maj 7 chord instead. It makes things sound a little more modern or jazzy. There are a few times that this substitution won’t work, but you will be able to tell right away. It will sound very wrong or dissonant. Again, this is an easy way to quickly make your playing sound more jazzy or hip—simply substitute a Major 7th chord for any Major chords.

  • Nilda Khalessi
    Posted at 11:31h, 18 June

    I would like to know if you sell a book for this easy chord substitution, together showing online how to play jazzier with this chords.

    • Hannah Derleth
      Posted at 18:05h, 10 August

      Hi Nilda!

      We really just have our course books and gig books. I’m not sure we have what you’re looking for— signing up for a course or two with PIAF might help you with chord substitution, though!

  • James Wasowski
    Posted at 08:11h, 16 July

    Much appreciated.

  • Matt Harris
    Posted at 11:14h, 14 December

    Scott, and friends, to say more about maj7 chords,….. try a Bacharach song: close to you
    Begins on Fmaj7……then Cmajj7……finally ends on Cmaj7….Some of us boomers might remember this song
    Your friend, Matt Harris, Bossier City, La

  • Tonya Miller
    Posted at 08:11h, 08 April

    Thank you for doing what you do