So I was on YouTube and I stumbled across a cover of a Jay-Z song. It was played on a moog.
There has been a reoccurring riff I've been hearing in a lot of soloing. Especially Berklee-ish stuff. Very modern. I've posted a link to the cover:
Jay Z - Show Me What You Got SYNTH BASS (doc skim)
The riff I'm talking about is at 2:30. In the comments people have called it "cycle fourths" "circle fourths" I just want to know, what is it? And where can I learn it? Any instructional websites? Videos?
I'd really love the help. Thanks!
If that's what it is, then I asume he's playing arpeggiated major triads through the cycle.
Cycle of Fourths: C - F - Bb - Eb - Ab - Db - Gb - B - E - A - D - G - C
It's just progressing through the keys by ascending fourths. Start on any note and go through all twelve and you're back to where you started. I assume if you played through all of them over a pedal point it'd sound pretty interesting. Way above my skill level though to tell you exactly what inversions he's playing, and I don't have a bass in my hands to confirm that's actually what he did.
Edit: based on the tonality it makes more sense that it'd be minor triads.
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