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Offline MemphisKeys

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Hey LGM this Memphiskeys and I don't know where to start with using and trying to master Passing chords...does anyone have any tips where to start...that's another goal of mines for this year...
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Re: Where Do I start....Im trying to learn to use Passing Chords?????
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009, 08:27:51 AM »
You start by changing how u view passing chords.  Contrary to popular belief, passing chords are NOT a separate box of chords.  They are just regular chords used that aren't part of your basic progression pattern.

Next, you look at your basic progression pattern.  Find the spots where u stay on a chord for a while.  Look at those chords and the chords that follow them and see if u can throw in some logical chords that connect the 2 together.  Example:

1-4-5-6-7 progression
Key F  LH/RH [4/4 time count] 60-70bpm

[1,2,3,4] F / C-F-A
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D
[1,2,3,4] C / G-C-E
[1,2] D / Bb-D-F
[3,4] E / C-E-G

*the numbers in parenthesis are for the tempo

Now, look at the first 2 chords.  You see how u stay on the 1st chord for a full count.  Well, why not add a chord there instead of just staying on that a while.

Your next question is probably:  What are my options? To answer that question, u need to know what chords resolve or lead to 4.  Here are some great options:

Options Set #1

1 dominant type chord (7th, 9th, 11th, or 13th)
1 chord with the 3rd in the bass
#4 chord, *a chord 1/2 step above ur target chord

So, now that u got ur options, plug each one in and see if u like the sound:

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] F / C-Eb-F-A *added Eb to make an F7 chord
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] F / A-Eb-G *added Eb and G to make an F9 chord
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] F-Eb / Bb-Eb-G *added an Eb major chord to make an Fm11
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2,3,4] F / C-F-A
[3,4] F-Eb / A-D-Gb *added a b9 and a 13 to make an F7 b9/13
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] A / C-F-A *1 chord, with 3 in the bass
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] B / A-Db-Eb-F *chord 1/2 step higher, B9 b5
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3,4] B / A-Db-Eb-G *chord 1/2 step higher, B9 #5
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

Look at that, u got 7 options right there.  And u can even vary the rhythm in which u play those chords. U can bring the passing chord in on beat 2 or beat 3 which gives u 14 more options, for a total of 21 passing chord options right here.

Something else u can do is see if u can add in a passing chord "move", meaning playing more than one chord.  Knowing theory here is good.  The ZIP CODE IS: (7)-3-6-2-5-1-(4)

Now, using the 1st two chords of this progression example, u have a 1 going to a 4.  But, right before u get to 1, u have a 5, a 2-5, a 6-5, a 6-2-5, a 3-6-2-5, and a 7-3-6-2-5.  Judging by how much time u have in between chords, u can choose either one of those options to play with your 1 chord then go to 4:

Options Set #2

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[3] C / Bb-Eb-G *5 chord, Cm7
[4] F / A-Eb-G *1 chord, F9
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1] F / C-F-A
[2] G / B-F-A *2 chord, G9
[3] C / Bb-Eb-G *5 chord, Cm7
[4] F / A-Eb-G *1 chord, F9
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

[1] F / C-F-A
[2] D / C-F-A *6 chord, Dm7
[3] C / Bb-Eb-G *5 chord, Cm7
[4] F / A-Eb-G *1 chord, F9
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

And the list goes on and on.  Like I said ealier, u can experiement with the rhythm on these chords to make even mor options.  U can come in on the in between beats as well:

[1,2] F / C-F-A
[an] G / B-F-A *2 chord, G9
[3] C / Bb-Eb-G *5 chord, Cm7
[4] F / A-Eb-G *1 chord, F9
[1,2,3,4] Bb / F-Bb-D

Now, after u have found a passing chord or passing chord move that u like, WRITE IT DOWN AND TRANSFER IT TO EVERY KEY.  This way, it becomes a part of your music and then u won't even view it as passing chords.  U will view it as a progression within itself. 

This is how the pros do it.  They practice these moves over and over and over again until its a natural part of their music.  You can do the same thing.  If anyone has questions about what I've posted, feel free to ask!
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Re: Where Do I start....Im trying to learn to use Passing Chords?????
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009, 10:26:42 AM »
When does the dvd come out?

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Re: Where Do I start....Im trying to learn to use Passing Chords?????
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009, 12:03:05 PM »
Real musicians play in every key!!!
Music Theory, da numbers work!

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Re: Where Do I start....Im trying to learn to use Passing Chords?????
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009, 03:43:37 PM »
On a serious note T you need to get set up to do youtube. Everyone's doing progressions, but you have the theory to go with it.

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Re: Where Do I start....Im trying to learn to use Passing Chords?????
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009, 04:08:05 PM »
T-Block in one post you have upgraded my playing to a whole new level dude you are amazing
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