Advanced Tritone Substitution Tutorial
In this lesson we are going to look at various ways to add harmonic interest over dominant chords using tritones. Before watching this lesson, you should check out the introduction lesson on Tritone Substitution.
This lesson will give you a strong understanding of the concepts behind tritone substitution we also analyse specific applications in a few popular jazz standards.
The examples covered in this lesson are more advanced and also incorporate the theory from upper structure triads. If you are not comfortable with upper structures, it would be good to watch those lessons before diving into this one.
When you have a dominant chord, something I like to do is play a 13sus4 chord for the dominant chord and then play an upper structure triad over of the tritone of the original dominant.
This works well because the sus chord has an unresolved nature indicating it wants to move somewhere and that is exactly what happens — we move to an upper structure of the tritone which means we are still playing the same 3rd and 7th but with different colours on top from the extensions & alterations.
The first step is to use the circle of fifths and play through each of the 12 keys. Play the root in your left hand, and a rootless voicing in your right hand.
First, play the 251 with root of the V Chord, and then play the same voicings in your right but change the bass note to the b2 or the tritone substitute
Next, it's time to apply this theory to jazz standards.
The first step is to learn the examples covered in the lesson. Then you can work out your own tritone substitutes.
Look through the jazz standards you are playing, and spot any major 251s.
- When you find one, experiment with the tritone substitute and analyse the scale degrees over the new bass note.
Hi! First of all, thanks for all the interesting lessons you are providing me! 🙂
Anyway, a question about the sequence of dominant 7th. At the end I was expecting E7 11# with un upper structure that resolve on Eb maj7. Instead I see another Eb, but obiously dominant 7th and it works very good, but why? 🙂
Can you give me a short explanation? Thanks in advance 😉
Hello Hayden: the part of this lesson focusing on Body and Soul is of great deal of use to me as an intro (Lyndol also suggests the same or very, very similar intro in her relevant lesson). Now I have all the pieces to play the tune as a ballad, rubato. However, I cannot find on Youtube a recording with a piano improvisation that is not too difficult to copy, emulate, mimic…etc. Any suggestions for such a video? My improvisational skills are still rudimentary but for some reasons this tune ‘speaks to me’ and that motivation will help develop some kind of improvising at a slow tempo.
Or any other suggestion you may have to help me start improvising on this tune.
Thanks ahead of time. Smole
P.S. I went through all the courses and lessons within the PG domain on the issue of interpretation. My question related to a specific video(s) where I find and learn an improvisation, if possible.