Diminished Chord Substitutions: Embraceable You

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.

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