You can also approach the 1 hord from a whole step below.

In this lesson, you’ll see that a Bb7 can sub for a G7 to resolve to the Cmaj7. This is a nice sound that rounds out this 2-5-1 section nicely.

In example 1 I’m using a Bb7 to resolve to Cmaj7. Notice the movement from the Dm7 to the Bb7. These chords have two notes in common so the sound is very smooth.

Ex.1

    Dm7      Bb7       Cmaj7
E|-----------------------------|
B|---6--------6----------8-----|
G|---5--------7----------9-----|
D|---7--------6----------9-----|
A|---5-------------------------|
E|------------6----------8-----|

Here’s the same sub in F:

Ex.2

   Gm7      Eb9      Fmaj7
E|---------------------------|
B|--3---------6---------5----|
G|--3---------6---------5----|
D|--3---------5---------7----|
A|------------6---------8----|
E|--3------------------------|

In example 3 I’m placing a 2 chord in front of the Bb7. If you perceive the Bb7 as a 5 chord, then you’ll be in the key of Eb momentarily.

The 2 chord in Eb is Fm7. Now, we’re moving the Dm7 up a minor 3rd for a very
unique sound to setup the Bb7.

Ex.3

   Dm7      Fm7       Bb7    Cmaj7
E|-----------------------------------|
B|--6---------9--------6-------8-----|
G|--5---------8--------7-------9-----|
D|--7---------10-------6-------9-----|
A|--5---------8----------------------|
E|---------------------6-------8-----|

Here’s the same sub in F:

Ex.4

   Gm7       Bbm7      Eb9    Fmaj7
E|------------------------------------|
B|--3----------6--------6-------5-----|
G|--3----------6--------6-------5-----|
D|--3----------6--------5-------7-----|
A|----------------------6-------8-----|
E|--3----------6----------------------|

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