EXAMPLE DON MCLEAN STYLE
Cd track 74
[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.