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Jazz Progressions – Tritone Substitutions

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

Today we’ve got a neat jazz trick for you. Often, jazz players want to create chord progressions that sound a little different, but still accessible to the average listener. One of their favorite techniques is to use tritone substitutions. Basically what that means is that you substitute a normal chord in the key for another chord a tritone away. Often in jazz, the substituted chord is a 7th chord. If it sounds confusing, no worries, we’ll break it down and make it super easy!

Let us know if you have any questions!


First of all, master the progressions we taught you in this lesson. Then, take a standard progression and try making it a jazz progression by using tritone substitutions. Here’s one to get you started in the key of D: D major – A major – B minor – G major


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