Let's Jazz Up Swing Low

Welcome to this edition of Fingerstyle Monthly. This month we will continue exploring Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

Here's the tab for this months arrangement http://www.mediafire.com/?um3mqnqn3xg

We're going to begin taking a look at chord substitutions. We will be using diatonic chord substitutions.

A diatonic substitution replaces one chord with another chord in the same key. How can that work? It works because every other 7th chord in a major scale have 3 of the 4 notes in them in common. Look at the diagram below.

You can probably see the possibilities. A few simple substitutions can greatly multiplie your chord choices . Lets look at what can be substituted in this months arrangement.

G - B minor 7, E minor 7 (E minor 7 is the Relative Minor. It can always be substituted for the 1st chord in the scale)

C - E minor 7

D - F# Minor 7 b5

So we've gone from a 3 chord song to a 7 chord song. Diatonic chord substitution creates more interesting ways to harmonize the melody.

As you go through the tablature look at where I've made these substitutions. Most of the chord forms can be found in Chord Theory 101.

The only other thing out of the ordinary is using harmonics instead of a fretted note. This happens in measures 5 and 13.

I hope that you have fun with this arrangement. Don't let a little music theory stump you. You can learn it.

Learning the information in Chord Theory 101 is a great first step.

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