A Guitarist’s Ultimate Guide to Chord Construction and Substitution – Dom Minasi

JGL Sponsor: The text below is taken from Dom Minasi’ introduction. For more information or to purchase this much needed resource from a most revered educator and performer, please contact Dom Minasi directly via the following email link: jazzguitar@domminasi.com

In the early 70’s, Sunrise Artistries published my first book, A Musicians Guide to Chord Substitution. It was an introduction to simple substitution. A few years later, Sunrise Artistries published my second book, Principles of Harmonic Substitution. Principles of Harmonic Substitution was a lot more advanced than the earlier book. Both books were geared for all instruments, which seemed strange to many, since I am a guitar player. I waited thirty years to publish another book on chord substitution. This one is geared towards the modern guitarist, but can be useful to composers and other instrumentalists. It contains all the information my other books had plus much more, including chord construction, chord forms and diagrams.

The question is, “why write another book on chord substitution when there are so many?” I have always believed that most books make learning too hard or too boring. I try to leave out technical terms as much as possible. I don’t talk about root positions or drop 2, etc. In all my years of playing I have never come across a chart that said ‘play a C chord in its root position’. You may need to know the jargon to pass a test in school, but in the real world as a working musician, it isn’t necessary. Each lesson must be mastered before going on to the next. And yes, there is a lot of memorizing to do! I admit it can be tedious at times, but this can’t be helped.. This system is meant to change the way you think and hear harmony. Musicians are always looking to find ways to be creative while learning and practicing. The best way to learn is to use what you are learning in a practical situation. It is important not to rush the process and above all, you must develop your ear. You need to know how to form each chord and what it sounds like. Sometimes when you substitute, it may be theoretically correct, but it doesn’t sound very good. In your experimentation you will learn to distinguish between good and bad subs. You will start to realize that sometimes what works on a piano doesn’t necessarily work on the guitar.

This is not a beginner book. This was written for intermediate and advanced players. As an intermediate or advanced player you may already know how to construct chords and substitute. If you find the beginning sections too easy, then move on to the later chapters. I guarantee there will be plenty to learn, especially the way you look at traditional harmony.” – Dom Minasi

For more information or to purchase this much needed resource from a most revered educator and performer, please contact Dom Minasi directly via the following email link: jazzguitar@domminasi.com

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