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Electronic Music other: Chord Cycle
Written January 23 2007 , Tags: cycle, chord, theory
Ok so here's a cycle of chords... I'm always tempted to play these changes in succession for some reason that I can't figure out theoretically. It's like they 'want' to follow each other. I picked the key of C as the starting point for simplicity's sake. All the chords are major, the inversions are beside them [(1) = 1st inv. etc...] Pay attention to the inversions and which note you're playing in the bass.
Ab - (1)
F - (2)
Bb - (1)
Ab - (2)
C# - (1)
Bb - (2)
Eb - (1)
C# - (2)
:|| back to first F - (2)
Link to audio example: link
some of this is like giant steps.. if you add a couple of chords..
if C is I
add an Eb for a V leading to the
Ab as I
then a C as a V to the
F as I
erg. i take that back.. i was doing it by ear.. it almost sounds like Giant Steps changes, but not.. and i'm too lazy to figure it out.
i'm stupid.. i should not be try and be cool and make references to giant steps.
giant steps is V-Is jumping by minor thirds (and some ii-V-Is)
shit. I dont know what I was thinking, I know better than that. I'll fix it.
sorry for the confusion... me = dumbmachine
definitely the voice leading, and the bass note can step upwards sequentially, sometimes landing on tonics, sometimes 3rds, etc
super duper voiceleading, ending with a tritone melodic leadout between the Eb and the Ab, the inversion switch is definitly what defines it. You repeat the Ab(1) at beginning and end? This is a very melodic progresion and you could easily connect the dots in a bunch of nice ways.
the first three chords have an almost root relationship when played together as the inversions justify it
the low note on each chord respectfully being first c then c# then c again. Depending on where you play it the Bb shows the D as the answer to the first 3 root notes except now it is the top voice in the triad. Deceptively useful. Then Ab is in itself a change in center(a major second down considered weak by my no nothing theory teacher back in the day. fuck him) followed by the fourth gadient of the scale Db(C# is wrong in my opinion because you started by using flats)
this is cadential but you follow it by playing Bb wich is a major sixth/minor third jump wich feels minor to the ear even though they are all major chords. That of course is juicy and interesting and makes me want to hump the keyboard. etc.. Shit I have to go to work... Ill be back to finish.
wow astroid i dig the website you posted. And i just love threads like these.
utofbu said: "You repeat the Ab(1) at beginning and end?"
No, sorry... it would cycle again with the F(2) again after that last Ab(1)
ne1 record this for me yet?
I can send you a quicky tonight if you'd like... or maybe I should just post an mp3 link in the blog with an exampling.
jason, are you really playing that Bb as a 2nd inversion?
that's the only non-paralell bit. WTFhaha
i so need to learn some theory and practice my chords so i could have any idea of what you guys are on about.
see.. i thought it was F'd up sounding somewhere...
thats why i wanted someone else to play cuz what i was playing sounded kinda wonky.
yes, post me up an mp3 homez
thanks for clearing it up for me...
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