I recently wrote an article for Downbeat magazine’s “Woodshed” column on substitutions for diminished chords. The article will appear in the September 2018 issue but it’s available online now.
I’ve recorded a short re-harmonization of George Gershwin’s tune, Embraceable You, using the techniques I discuss in the article:
This is such a beautiful tune that I wouldn’t want to change it too drastically.
You can download a free lead sheet showing the dominant seventh substitutions I’ve used to replace the diminished seventh chords at the link below:
The originals chord changes are underneath. The reharmonized ones are on top.
Check out the article in Downbeat and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.