Reharmonisation For Beginners
In this lesson we will introduce chord substitutions and reharmonisations for the tune “Georgia On My Mind”.
To create an accessible introduction to reharmonisation I have ensured that all of the reharms that I’m going to show you in this lesson are both logical and easy to follow and understand.
What Is Chord Reharmonisation?
Reharmonisation is when we change the harmony of jazz standards. Just because the lead sheet shows a set of chord changes, this doesn’t mean that these changes are the only chord changes that we can play.
Reharmonisation is a very interesting topic because sometimes reharmonizations do not conform with traditional harmonic principles but at the same time they sound great.
In this lesson we explore the difference between reharmonisations, and simply changing the colour and qualities of the chords.
Why Do We Reharmonise A Tune?
Reharmonisations are useful when we are playing tunes with repetitive harmony. The A Section for Georgia On My Mind repeats 3 times which makes it a great candidate for applying chord substitutions.
In a previous lesson we added passing chords into the harmony, and now we take it a step further with reharmonisation.
Reharm Performance File Type: pdf
A Section Reharm Examples File Type: pdf
The best reharmonisations keep the original melody note intact, and are harmonically connected to the previous and subsequent chords.
The first line is heavily reharmoinsed whereas the second line is embellished by changing the chord colours and qualities.
Understand that reharmonisation is not essential, but it is an option to add interest to a repetitive tune.
Mix and match the concepts covered in this course to create a balanced and well-rounded arrangement.