EX­AM­PLE DON MCLEAN STYLE

Cd track 74

Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

[Bar 18] There’s an­other clas­sic song­writer’s trick here as you move from an E mi­nor chord to a D ma­jor with the F# (the 3rd of the chord) in the bass. It’s a clas­sic de­vice as, al­though tech­ni­cally the chord pro­gres­sion is mov­ing down (say, from E down to D) you get the ascending bass note, which then gets you smoothly into the next chord, the G ma­jor. [Bar 22] and what goes up… Here again the bass move­ment makes the chord move­ment su­per smooth, in this case de­scend­ing from G via D/F# to E mi­nor. [Bar 28] You can put your melodic fig­ures any­where within the chord but they will al­ways sound great on the higher strings where they re­ally ring out against the bass note and can cre­ate the il­lu­sion of two voices play­ing at the same time.

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