SHORT CHORDVERSATIONS #5 (Runaway Bass)
In this mini-lesson series my goal is to share with all of you some of the fun and interesting practicing concepts I enjoy working on when I study harmony on the guitar.
Part 5 presents a short, simple and fun harmonic exercise that is very effective in improving your left hand chordal technique: stretching, voice independence, dexterity and endurance.
It consists of extracting “3 note” harmonic structures from the physical mode fingerings of a given key on the top three strings on the guitar and using all the remaining diatonic alternate bass notes (on the 4th, 5th and 6th string) in a descending/ascending melody line which will be played under the sustaining harmony.
This creates a lot of challenges for the left hand in maintaining and even and balanced sound between the two parts and lets us see all the possible fingerings of such harmonic structures that are needed in order to accommodate for each note of the scale becoming the lowest note.
It also works great for our ear training as we can directly taste the relationship and effect that each bass note has on the sustaining chordal structure within the modality of the key center.
"Runaway Bass" chordal exercises (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation).
"HD Video" lesson and concept explanation.
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"Runaway Bass" chordal exercises (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation). "HD Video" lesson and concept explanation.