March 25, 2020

Reharmonization Techniques


by Albert Carbonell

(All the material presented in this post is intended for instructional and research purposes only)
This 12 step-by-step reharmonization technique was introduced by the a cappella group Accent through this video, and it is credited to having been developed by Dr. Cedric Dent, a former member of the group TAKE 6.
step 1 - Start with a 4v choralstep 2 - Add lower extensions (6th, 7th, 9th)step 3 - Add suspensionsstep 4 - Substitution #1: Insert D7 and dD7step 5 - Substitution #2: Add ii-V7 progressionsstep 6 - Substitution #3: Add Tritone substitutionstep 7 - Substitution #4: Add half-step below dominant chordsstep 8 - Combine previous substitutionsstep 9 - Insert bVII-V cadencesstep 10 - Add upper extensions (11th, 13th)step 11 - Insert chromatic ii-V subs based on tritone subsstep 12 - Add chords based on step motion in the root

Reharmonization.mp4