I was watching this awesome Jeff Berlin tutorial where he demonstrated the Bb 12 bar blues using only 3rds and 7ths for every chord. It sounded awesome and it had a different melodic quality to it. I tried to emulate it but couldnt figure out how he made it so cool with just 3rds and 7ths. Anyway, I went to mess around with a NO root concept in the key of C using a ii V I progression. We know that: iim7=D F A C V7= G B D F Imaj7= C E G B WITHOUT the root we have: iim7= F A C V7= B D F Imaj7=E G B My question is: without the root, wouldn't the ii V I be technically a IV vii iii????? It sounds like the 3rd of each chord becomes the new root if we drop the original root............ Im trying to figure out how to use the other intervals on beat 1 instead of always using the root. I am currently working on Ed Friedland's "Creating Walking Basslines" but he uses the root on beat 1 always. I know later in the book he mentions using 3rds and 5ths on beat 1 but I am impatient and am asking ahead of time.