Super Easy Chord Substitution to Sound Better

Using just this one easy chord substitution can really make your playing sound more modern and professional.

25 Comments
  • Dave Grayson
    Posted at 11:26h, 30 September Reply

    Great idea, you make things so simple. When I took piano 60 years ago, I wish I had you as a teacher.

  • Danelle Kauffman
    Posted at 16:58h, 30 September Reply

    I LOVE major 7th chords!

  • Richard Weaver
    Posted at 19:12h, 30 September Reply

    Scott is really helpful

  • Darryl Traylor Sr.
    Posted at 15:37h, 02 October Reply

    Yea that’s cool! That’s what they do in the song Let it Be.
    You da man!

  • Chuck Hoffman
    Posted at 18:11h, 05 October Reply

    Scott, I’m a little surprised you don’t mention chord inversions. I learned somewhere that using inversions are often the best way to move from chord to chord with the least amount of effort and keep the music from sounding jumpy. And it seems to me that “target practice” becomes easier, too, since many times only one or two fingers must change position.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:15h, 26 November Reply

      Couldn’t agree more about inversions. In fact, I discuss, teach, demonstrate and otherwise pay attention to voicings all throughout my course(s). I just think you need to walk before you run to really internalize the basic chords because once you visually see them so clearly, inverting them becomes much simpler. My 2.5ยข …

  • Michelle birdsong
    Posted at 06:38h, 07 October Reply

    u r amz i ng

  • Peter Vogl
    Posted at 07:45h, 07 October Reply

    Thanks for a great tip

  • James Ferrantelli
    Posted at 09:35h, 07 October Reply

    Thanks Scott .

  • Irene A.
    Posted at 10:26h, 07 October Reply

    Thanks Scott!
    It is always a great day when I receive an email tip in my inbox with another cool tip from you for improving my playing style. Keep them coming! It is also great to be able to share them with family and friends.
    Kindest regards and best wishes to you and yours.
    Irene A.

  • Dennis Biddle
    Posted at 12:54h, 07 October Reply

    Hi Scot; I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge about playing the piano; over the past 3 years your information has allowed me to really enjoy my miini grand; that has been catching the attention of dust “lol”

    I spent many hours buying theory books, taking lessons; but could never put 2 and 2 together, until I met your system.

    Thanks

  • judy wagner
    Posted at 13:30h, 07 October Reply

    terrific. thanks.

  • Evelyn Strothers
    Posted at 15:41h, 07 October Reply

    Your instruction are very good.. Thank you

  • Paul Banas
    Posted at 19:45h, 07 October Reply

    Great way to motivate yourself to learn the Major 7s as well! You do a great job in your books explaining where (almost everywhere) this works in the lead sheets.

  • Jeniece
    Posted at 16:28h, 08 October Reply

    The sound on this one is bad. It is breaking up. I am referring to the “Super Easy Chord Substitution”

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:25h, 26 November Reply

      I think it is something on your end jeniece … it seems fine on this end. Sorry you’re having issues.

  • Dr. Judy Ahring
    Posted at 13:11h, 10 October Reply

    I loved this tip and tips like this. Short, easy professional!!!!

    Recently, I discovered the progression, for example, E to Edim to F; this was already in the lead sheet that I had, but I guess that I hadn’t noticed it before. It sounds great.

    Thanks.

  • Dona Walker
    Posted at 17:48h, 28 October Reply

    Thanks for your quick tips!!! I have fallen off the wagon on my playing but one short video from you reignited my fire and I’m back at it! Thanks for giving me the inspiration to begin again.
    Sea tidings,
    Dona

  • M S
    Posted at 08:17h, 10 October Reply

    Scott, I am so glad to have found you once more! It has been years; and I have been ‘around the world and back’! No more travelling, I am really back. Will be in touch, definitely.

  • Jan Perrotta
    Posted at 15:17h, 02 September Reply

    I love your teaching method Scott! Thanks

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 08:20h, 04 September Reply

      You’re welcome. Glad it is working out well for you!

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