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Substituting Coltrane Changes In Tunes
Here is a boring I-II-V-I in C major, the type you come across every day if you are a
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
One word of warning - don't do this unannounced - the horn players may want to