How to Add Chord Substitutions: Lesson Two
Chord substitutions add SO much color to gospel songs! Gospel songs contain infrequent chord changes. Songs like: Revive Us Again (mentioned in lesson one), Wonderful Words of Life, Work for the Night is Coming, to name a few.
In lesson one, you learned the numbering system for the scale and its scale-based triads (3-note chords).
Now…forget scales for a moment: you’re ready to learn another easy concept also dealing with numbers…the term: INTERVAL
The word: INTERVAL means the distance between two notes. To count the distance between two notes…you start counting from the first note to the second note you land on. For example, F to the very next G. F counts one, G counts two. So…from F to G is a 2nd interval. How about from F to the very next A….F counts one, G two…and A three…a 3rd interval.
So, pack this lesson away in your mind for future application! Why? It will be necessary when we place chords in consecutive 3rds to determine what root chord we’re dealing with so we’ll know what chord substitution will work. Make sense? If not, that’s why it’s important to save these preparatory lessons in order to know how to add chord substitutions to gospel songs.
In the meantime, try to answer the following by guessing the correct interval for:
D to F
C to G
B to G
G to C
*Answers will be provided in the next lesson 🙂
*Tip: On this free worksheet…Unison (U) is mentioned in the directions. Unison just refers to two identical notes (just as we refer to a choir singing unison…all on the same note)
Please feel free to ask questions! Extra interval visual below!
I found this neat picture at: Visual Dictionary