Chord Substitution: Replacing the V7 with a ii7
♫ Chord Substitution ♫
Replacing the V7 with a ii7
Chord substitutions work best when enough time is allowed. For example, when a V7 chord lasts for two or more beats…there’s time to replace it with a different chord. The ii7 can replace the V7 and still resolve back to the original (V7) chord.
For example, in the key of C Major…the V7 is GBDF and the ii7 is DFAC
In the following examples, the hymnal version is displayed along with the improvised version showing the substituted chord.
I did not label the V7 chord in the hymnal version of each example that lines up with the substituted chord in each improvised version. I will tell where they occur:
It is Well…on the syllables “tend-eth my” and for Just As I Am…”-out one” (before “plea”)
*Keep in mind…I’m using the same sheet as I did in the previous lesson on chord substitutions for the I chord.
The ii chord substitution is hand-written in red under the measures with a red square around them. I also labeled the V7 chord under the red square examples so you could see where the ii7 resolved back to the V7.