Jazz reharmonization techniques for solo piano

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    Greg PercifieldGreg Percifield
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    Hey everyone!

    Reharmonization is an essential skill for jazz pianists, as it allows us to add our own unique touch to standard tunes by altering the underlying harmony. It can open up a world of creative possibilities and transform the way we approach both solo and ensemble playing.

    In this thread, let’s dive into jazz reharmonization techniques for solo piano. Whether you’re just starting to explore reharmonization or you’re a seasoned pro, we’d love to hear your ideas, experiences, and favorite techniques.

    To get the ball rolling, check out this fantastic video by jazz pianist and educator Noah Kellman, where he demonstrates various reharmonization techniques:


    Some interesting techniques for reharmonization include:

    Tritone substitution: This technique involves replacing a dominant chord with another dominant chord a tritone away, resulting in a chromatic bass line movement. For example, you could replace G7 with Db7 in a C major ii-V-I progression.

    Modal interchange: Also known as borrowed chords, modal interchange involves borrowing chords from parallel modes or scales. For instance, you could borrow chords from the parallel minor scale (C minor) when reharmonizing a tune in C major.

    Coltrane changes: Named after John Coltrane, this technique involves substituting a series of major chords separated by major thirds for a dominant chord. For example, you could replace G7 with a series of major chords like Dbmaj7, Gbmaj7, and Bmaj7.

    What are your favorite reharmonization techniques? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned in Noah’s video? Share your thoughts, ideas, and questions, and let’s create some beautiful new harmonies together!

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