Harmonic Reflections (Mirroring Resolution ii-V7-I)
The main concept behind the Harmonic Reflection approach for chordal substitution and coloration involves literally reflecting or mirroring the diatonic degrees and harmonies of a scale across its root axis.
The new Harmonic Reflection of such scale will contain a different key signature as well as a whole new set of diatonic chords but across the axis of reflection we can substitute or use together the same diatonic degrees/harmonies of both scales.
To illustrate the concepts more clearly I will concentrate on the Major Scale and its harmonic reflections in this study.
Once we extract the new set of reflected/mirrored diatonic harmonies we can freely substitute them or use in conjunction with their regular versions from the original key.
In the following pages I present to you some of my favorite ways to harmonize the basic Major Scale, its “Harmonic Reflection” and “Retrograde Harmonic Reflection”.
Then, I present you with some of my preferred ways to incorporate these new substitutions into the basic ii-V7-I progression in the key of C Major.
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