Gospel School: Walk-Down I to V & Walk-Up V to I

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Everybody’s gospel bag should include walk-ups and walk-downs that connect the “big three” chords (I-IV-V)…

These walks are great way to keep the time moving, to build momentum, and to create a sense of forward motion and anticipation…

Walk-Down I to V (C to G in the key of C)

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Study-Practice Notes

  • Don’t fuss about what the chords in between C and G are called. Just notice that they form a simple linear pattern using the notes in the major scale!
  • Notice that only the inner voice moves in the right hand.
  • Notice that the inner voice is always played in diatonic thirds above the bass.
  • Using your knowledge of chords and scales, work this pattern out in all twelve keys.

Walk-Up V to I (G to C in the key of C)

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Study-Practice Notes

  • Notice that this is just the walk-up above played in reverse.
  • Likewise, don’t fuss about what the chords in between G and C are called. Just notice that they form a simple linear pattern using the notes in the major scale!
  • Notice that only the inner voice moves in the right hand.
  • Notice that the inner voice is always played in diatonic thirds above the bass.
  • Using your knowledge of chords and scales, work this pattern out in all twelve keys.

learn more… Gospel School: Bouncing Bass Lines

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