As regular visitors to this site
know, I like to play around with "chord on chord" stuff.
Sometimes my experiments get out of hand.
Today's featured ditty, "Six Bars on Wagoner", would be an example.
I believe I may have accidentally created the world's first six-bar pantonal blues! (Oops...)
In the notation below, I'll try and
give you an idea of what was going through my mind
when I came up with this; it started out as an improvisation, then got tweaked a little.
The large chord symbols and scale names above the music represent (more or less)
what was going through my mind at the time.
The small chord symbols below the music are stock Bb blues changes.
There's a soundfile, too.
(WARNING: "warm archtop sound" devotees will be offended.)
To download and view notation/tab, click here
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Click here to hear "Six Bars on Wagoner":
Part of the
overall weirdness is due to the bass line;
I generally avoided playing the root notes of the "stock changes" whenever possible,
drawing instead from alterations and extensions of the chords.
the melodic scheme came from thinking of every chord in a Bb blues as being
then playing on chordal structures and scales found within the alterations.
That's where ideas like the F# and C#m triads over a C7 (bar 5) came from.
The little "blues cell" (1st beat of every even numbered bar)
gives us just a little familiar sonic information,
but it always winds up going somewhere queasy!
That's it for
I hope you'll enjoy this little bit o' madness...
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