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Substituting Coltrane Changes In Tunes

Christian Miller (1937) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Here is a boring I-II-V-I in C major, the type you come across every day if you are a jazzbo.

Is it just me, or are these things intrinsically dull? Given that this chord progression makes up 90% of jazz standards, this could be a problem for a jazz player.

Never mind - the mighty John Coltrane thought exactly the same thing. His tunes Countdown and Giant Steps pioneered in jazz a type of modulation that had long been popular with such classical composers as Brahms and Britten: triads seperated by a major third.

There are other lessons on how to build Coltrane changes and their fascinating properties. I will explain how it is possible to use them to dress up boring chord progressions.

One word of warning - don't do this unannounced - the horn players may want to kill you.
Substituting Coltrane Changes In Tunes
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