Five Must-Know ii-V-I Chord Subs

As jazzers know, learning how to play various chord substitutions is an important part of understanding and applying the jazz language to your comping and soloing ideas. In order to learn how to bring some common subs into your playing, today we’ll explore five important and often-used ii-V-I chord subs that come from various famous tunes—and the playing of many great jazz guitarists over the years.

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Matt Warnock is the owner of, a free website that provides hundreds of lessons and resources designed to help guitarists of all experience levels meet their practice and performance goals. Matt lives in the UK, where he teaches Skype guitar students all over the world, and is an examiner for the London College of Music (Registry of Guitar Tutors).