Let’s take a look at how we can use one chord to sub for the 5 chord and create a very different sound to resolve to the 1 chord.

The next examples will utilize a minor sound to achieve this, which will create more tension.

Example 1 uses an Fm6 chord instead of a G7 to resolve to Cmaj7.

This is called a minor “4” chord, which borrows from the C minor scale.

F minor occurs in C minor but not C major, therefore you’re simply borrowing from this “Parallel” form.

You may even hear this substitution referred to as a Parallel substitution because the chord is still being built from a C scale – just minor instead ofmajor.

Ex.1

    Dm7      Fm6      Cmaj7
E|-----------------------------|
B|---6---------6---------5-----|
G|---5---------7---------4-----|
D|---7---------6---------5-----|
A|---5---------8---------3-----|
E|-----------------------------|

Here’s the same sub in F:

Ex.2

    Gm7      Bbm6      Fmaj7
E|-----------------------------|
B|---3---------6----------5----|
G|---3---------6----------5----|
D|---3---------5----------7----|
A|------------------------8----|
E|---3---------6---------------|

Next, have a look at how we can choose a Dm7b5 chord to sub for a G7. Again, this is a Parallel substitution borrowing from the C minor scale instead of selecting a chord found in C major. The notes in the chord resolve very nicely to the Cmaj7.

Ex.3

    Dm7       Dm7b5       Cmaj7
E|---------------------------------|
B|---6----------6------------5-----|
G|---5----------5------------4-----|
D|---7----------6------------5-----|
A|---5----------5------------3-----|
E|---------------------------------|

Here’s the same sub in F:

Ex.4

    Gm7       Gm7b5       Fmaj7
E|-------------------------------|
B|---3----------2-----------1----|
G|---3----------3-----------2----|
D|---3----------3-----------2----|
A|-------------------------------|
E|---3----------3-----------1----|

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