[Harp-L] ii-V-I, But Lacking Resolution

Gary Lehmann gnarlyheman@xxxxx
Wed Sep 13 13:25:06 EDT 2017

As I understand it, a soloist can play over changes that are implied--in
other words, use those tones to substitute, altering and extending the
harmony, whether a rhythm section manifests that harmony or not.
That's why they call it jazz, it's messy, but you like it!

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM, Tin Lizzie <TrackHarpL at xxxxx> wrote:

> Hi, John,
> Thanks for this reference.  Are chord substitutions worked out ahead of
> time between the soloist and the band?  I can see playing a melody as
> written over chords as written, and an alternate melody or solo over chords
> as written, and chord substitutions under a known melody...   but an
> improvised melody (by, say, a harmonica player) over chord substitutions
> (by, say, the band (or a keyboard or guitar player)) at the same time?
> Seems like things might start to get rather woolly.  How does that work in
> the wild?
> Best,
> Tin Lizzie
> On Sep 7, 2017, at 1:18 PM, John Kally wrote:
> > FWIW, a couple of books by Dick Hyman are worth checking out if you want
> to see some of the differences between printed arrangements and the chords
> presented . He included the common changes and then his substitutions in
> red. I’ll bet that some of the “great American songbook” tunes can be found
> there.  Years ago my guitar teacher, Wrecking Crew session player Al Casey,
> would pull these out just to show the way different chords over the same
> melody can change the way things sound. Also, he felt that  lead sheets
> sometimes contained mistakes and would keep a pencil handy.  One of the
> Hayman  titles is Professional Chord Changes and Substitutions for 100
> Tunes Every Musician Should Know, but I know there are at least two volumes.

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