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13) Two Chords Circle Progressions - Slash chords and pedal.

[Post #13] In the previous posts we analysed two chords circle progressions based on major and minor mode, and some variations of them. In the last post we introduced the slash chords (the chords where the bass note is not the root) and in this post we will explore some sequences based on slash chord and on pedal (the chord changes, while the bass note remains the same).

All following examples can be played alternating the two chords endlessly. As always, these are just examples, everybody should try some variations and new possibilities by himself, following melody, harmony, inspiration etc.

D - G / D
This is a variation of the I-IV progression in the major mode.

D

G / D (the right hand changes chord and plays G, while the left hand plays a pedal D)




E♭ - B♭ / E
This is a variation of the I-V progression in the major mode.
 
E

B♭ / E






D - Em(7) / D
This is a variation of the I-II progression in the major mode. 

D

Em(7) / D (the red mark shows the 7th note, you can decide if play it or not)





Bm - A /B
This is a variation of the I-VI progression in the minor mode
 
Bm

A /B






Bm - F#m / A
This is a variation of the I-V progression in the minor mode.

Bm



 

F#m / A






Bm - F#(7) / A#
This is a variation of the I-V progression in the minor mode. This sequence is very similar to the previous one, the only difference is that the second chord is a major one.   

Bm

F#(7) / A# (the red mark shows the 7th note, you can decide if play it or not)




G - C / D
This is a variation of the I-IV progression in the major mode. It is very similar to the first sequence of this post, the only difference is that the bass note does not remain on the root (G) note but moves on the 5th (D).

G

C / D






G - D / C
This is a variation of the I-V progression in the major mode. It is very similar to the second sequence of this post, the only difference is that the bass note does not remain on the root (G) note but moves on the 4th (C).


G

D / C






Em - D / F#


Em


D / F#





The chord sequence above is used for example by Pearl Jam in "Immortality". A typical example of pedal use is "Your Song" by Elton John. As you can see in the picture below the note E repeats over two bars while the main chord changes each half.


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