Gospel School: Walk-Down I to V


A must-have gospel pattern that “walks” the I chord down to the V chord in 3/4 time…

Everybody’s gospel bag should include walk-ups and walk-downs that connect the “big three” chords (I-IV-V) to each other. Such walking patterns are a great way to keep the time moving, to build momentum, and to create a strong sense of forward motion and anticipation.

Here’s a bread-and-butter walk-down connecting the C chord (I) to the G chord (V) in the key of C…


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.

learn more… Gospel School: Walk-Up V to I