This lesson looks at a diminished 7 chord to sub for the 5 chord.

This is unique because this substitution allows for nice chromatic bass movement leading to the 1 chord.

In C major, we’ll start with the Dm7 and then move up a half step to an Ebdim7 chord.

This will resolve up another half step to the Cmajor7 with the “E” in the bass. This creates a different color for the 1 chord that to my ear is slightly brighter with more active movement.

Ex.1

    Dm7      D#dim7        Cmaj7/E
E|----------------------------7----|
B|---6----------7-------------8----|
G|---5----------5-------------5----|
D|---7----------7-------------5----|
A|---5----------6-------------7----|
E|---------------------------------|

Here’s another variation in F major.

Ex.2

    Gm7       Abdim7        Fmaj7/A
E|----------------------------------|
B|---3------------3------------5----|
G|---3------------4------------5----|
D|---3------------3------------7----|
A|-----------------------------8----|
E|---3------------4------------5----|

Now, instead of the Ebdim7 resolving to the Cmaj7/E we’re going to move the Ebdim7 down 3 frets to a Cdim7.

This can still be called an Ebdim7 as an inversion due to all the notes being the same.

You can resolve to the Cmaj7 from the Cdim7 and apply smooth voice leading.

Ex.3

    Dm7      Ebdim7  Cmaj9
E|-------------------------------------|
B|---6----------7------4---------3-----|
G|---5----------5------2---------4-----|
D|---7----------7------4---------2-----|
A|---5----------6------3---------3-----|
E|-------------------------------------|

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