Part 7: Substituting Chords
Sometimes it's easier to play a slightly different chord than written. Here's the basic principle for chord substitution:
It's ok to add notes and take away notes, but you can't change notes.
If the chord is A (1-3-5), you can't play Am (1-b3-5). But you can take away the 3rd and play a 2 instead: A2 (1-2-5). Here's a chart with a list of possible substitutions. I used G as the root, but obviously this holds true for any chord roots.
|Written Chord||Possible Substitutions|
|G2, Gsus2||G5, G or Gm (depending on the context)|
|G5||G2, G or Gm (depending on the context)|
|Gsus, Gsus4||G5, sometimes Gadd4|
|G7||G, G2, G5, Gsus7|
|Gm7||Gm, Bb (major chord built on the b3)|
|Gmaj7||G2, G5, G, Bm (minor chord built on the 3)|