A must-have gospel pattern that “walks” the IV chord down to the I 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 F chord (IV) to the C chord (I) in the key of C…
- Don’t fuss about what the chords in between F 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.