A lot of Broadway musical numbers will have a particular extended chord (or differing extensions to the same basic chord) that is repeated throughout the song as a 'characteristic'.
In the (not very well known) verses
of Bewitched,Bothered&Bewildered (rogers/hart) there is a 2 bar pattern of d7, G9, e7, A that is repeated 4 times. The first 3 chords (d,G,e) stay the same, but the A is played as A9 first, then A13flat9, then a(minor)7 and am7 again.
This is similar to Apple's first suggestion about adding the 6th, in that there is always "something" about that A chord. (the song is in key of C, so the set of A chords IS the 6th of the scale .. which would be the relative minor of C)..ooee ooee ooee ooee
Her comment about the middle pedal reminded me of another thing you can do to create a little tension, though its different than her suggestion.
If you're playing a " 2, 5, 1 " progression, which is about the most common one that happens, you can play the "rootiest root' in the base for the entire progression, i.e. if the song is in the key of Eb, 2, 5, 1 would be (in the simplest form) fminor7, Bb7, Eb. The 'rootiest root' is Eb ... that's what I meant with that stupid little phrase. :eyeroll: :eyerolls: :pecanrolls: crap! :eggrolls: wtf? :rolleyes:
Anyway, play Eb as the lowest note in ALL those chords.
The Eb fits right into the fminor7 and the Eb chord but you wouldn't normally put an Eb in a Bb7 chord cause its the 4th, but with it tucked way down in the base ( 2 octaves, maybe more, below the D in the Bb chord with which it clashes) it doesn't sound quite so dissonant and that constant Eb tone gives an edge to the whole phrase.
I know I've heard this done in church music, but don't remember which songs. Not often though. Cole Porter used it in the trio of "I've Got You Under My Skin" (the triplets part) so maybe that was the religious experience I'm recalling.
Apple, what's an "ostinato pattern"? I know them pesky EyeTalians mean business when they start moving their vowels (around), but I don't know how to spell sostunuto anyway, so is it related to that somehow?
I just love 3rds. There like a 6th sense to me .... a minor miracle. relatively speaking, off course.
There's a guy named Daniel Mason that wrote Yankee Doodle in the styles of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Brhams, both the French D's (well, maybe Dvorak was Belch, but I know
Debussy was French) MacDowell, and Liszt. I can't play it, but the score looks
I'll send you a .pdf of it Apple, cause you fawned all over me earlier this morning.