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Alternative harmonies & arpeggios over I-IV-V
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Jan 24, 2023
7:52 AM
I'm looking for alternative chords to think about for harmony/arpeggios during a I-IV-V blues progression. I'm fairly fluent with major triads, minor triads, 6 chords, and dominant 7ths. Are there other chords that work well in harmony that work over the I, IV, or V?

I mainly play in 2nd and 3rd position, but realize 4th, 5th and 12th could be useful. I'm also working on overblows on the 4, 5, and 6 holes.

Is this type of thinking on the right track? Any input welcome!
1790 posts
Jan 25, 2023
12:31 PM
Your easiest superimposition for I and IV in second position is the 5-7-9 of the chord. This amounts to a minor triad a fifth above the root of the chord. You can even play the six-note minor blues scale based on that minor triad. Sounds a bit jazzier than down-home blues.

For the V chord, you already have a minor triad (Draw 4-5-6 and 8-9-10) superimposed on a dominant 7th chord, creating a raised 9th chord. If you think 12th position over this chord, you can get a bit beyong its more obvious sounds.

The V chord is also amenable to the triad based on the 5th treatment, basing that minor triad on double-bent Draw 3 or Draw 6 or 10. Again, also its blues scale.
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Jan 27, 2023
8:26 AM
Thanks Winslow. Very helpful. I guess I needed to know the term "chord superimpositions", which has also gotten me onto the path of "chord substitutions" to build tension/release.

Last Edited by DinoNamedBarney on Jan 27, 2023 10:20 AM

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