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Beginning Progressions

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by Steve Cat, Mar 21, 2001.

  1. Steve Cat

    Steve Cat

    Mar 19, 2001
    Could you suggest some simple progressions for the first loop, and a suggestion on an overdub that a beginner might use?

    Also any tips like having the progression end with a tone that doesn't conflict with the first tone since in a repeating loop there is not first and last notes.
  2. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    Hi Steve,

    try the chords from Blue Sticks, as outlined in the thread about tab for the tunes on the CD. the progression is A2, F#m11, Bm7, Esus-E7, and is reasonably easy to get down.

    If that does prove a little tricky, just try single chords, or simple pairs of chords like CMaj7 to Dmin7. The complexity of the harmony is far less important than 'feel' and tone. the majority of the tunes on my album are diatonic, with occasional chromaticisms in the melody/solos, but essentially fairly simply harmony. You don't have to be able to loop and solo over Giant Steps to make a cool noise... :oops:)

    As for ending tones, just think about the way that chord progressions are constructed normally - they often cycle back round to a start point, and that's how it works with loops to.

    most of all, experiment and see what you come up with. The great thing with looping is that mistake cost nothing and take about a millisecond to get rid of! :oops:)



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