Substitution

Let’s say you’ve written an 8-bar A section of a song and now you’re writing the next A section with the same, or nearly the same melody.  To create more color and interest, you can change a couple of chords by substituting other chords that have the same function.  The result is a fresher sound, rather than an exact repeat of the previous section.*

Example:

Basic Progression:    |C / / / |F / / / |G / / / |C / / / |

Substitutions:            |Am7 / / / |Dm7 / / / |Bb / / / |C add9 / / / |

* GOD SONGS, p. 128, Paul Baloche, Jimmy & Carol Owens

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