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  2 vs the b3 as a Reference Tone

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 Ken Valentino
  www.musicwithoutrules.com
2 vs the b3 as a Reference Tonesubmitted:
2014/09/17 08:22:28
revised:
2015/01/24 00:53:50


A weaker number (2 b7 b3 or 6) can work great as a coexisting Reference Tone. This example uses the same notes (A B C D D# and E) and the same Key of "A" both times, but creates different sounds by changing the Reference Tone.

Key - A
1 2 b3 4 TT 5

Reference Tone on 2 - B
b7 1 b2 b3 3 4


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Key - A
1 2 b3 4 TT 5

Reference Tone on b3 - C
6 7 1 2 b3 3

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Just to be thorough, because truthfully it can give the impression that the lower (bass) guitar line is different in each example. It's not, I recorded it first and then overdubbed the two different perspectives. If they sound different it has only to do with "how" the melody notes are played.

 


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