|May 5th, 2022|
|footboard, jammer, music|
Consider this traditional bass pattern:
- A bass note on every downbeat.
- Odd downbeats get the current chord.
- Even downbeats get either:
- If you are staying on the current chord, the fifth.
- If you are going to a new chord, a half step below the new chord.
Here's an example on piano:
Can we play this with just feet?
I have four pedals, two for my toes and two for my heels. Let's notate these as:
We can also play multiple pedals at once. For example:
|:|||Left heel and toe|
|.|'||Left heel, right toe|
||:||Right heel and toe|
Here's how I have my pedals set, assuming I'm playing in C major. I'm going to use Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals because I don't want to think about whether the corresponding chord would be major or minor right now.
This gives us everything but the b2 (Db) and b7 (Bb), which I rarely play on bass when in major (for mixolydian I'd act as if the I was the V, which means the b7 is the IV).
The four one-pedal options are for the most common chords (I, IV, V, vi), while the six two-pedal options are for things you play less often. Ideally I won't need to add any three-pedal options!
This means we have everything we need to play that bass pattern over I, IV, V, and vi. For each chord we need three things: the root, the fifth, and a whole step below the root:
That means this pattern would be:
.| |' .| |: C G C E |. .| |. :| F C F B .| |' .| .|' C G C F# |' .|. |' :| G D G B .| |' .| |: C G C E |. .| |. :| F C F B .| |' .| .|' C F# G B |' C
Here's what this sounds like (it's on bass, so you may need headphones):
Eventually I want to play mandolin chords at the same time, but I'm not there yet.