substitutions | extensions / polychords | inversions | quartal | contrapuntal elaboration of static harmony


Experienced arrangers generally do not repeat the same chord progression from chorus to chorus. Subtle changes can make a substantial difference in the writing quality.

Both of the examples below were taken from the bridge of There Is No Greater Love arranged by Matt Harris. See the Real Book version of this tune and compare to what is displayed below.

In jazz writing there are several common types of substitutions:

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