Ex­am­ple5b PEDAL TONE IN 5TH WITH PAR­AL­LEL CHORDS

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

Here’s the same idea ex­tended. The ten­sion of the 5th pedal is height­ened with the use of ‘par­al­lel’ chords. Rather than draw­ing th­ese chords from a par­tic­u­lar key, the same chord type (a ma­jor triad) is trans­posed in par­al­lel chro­matic

ma­j7b5 de­scent, fol­lowed by a chord in whole tones. De­spite its com­plex­ity this is heard as sim­ply an elab­o­rated ‘dom­i­nant’ pas­sage be­fore re­solv­ing to A mi­nor. You’ll recog­nise a sim­i­lar tech­nique in Ste­vie Won­der’s Too High.

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