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Chris Harris

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Use of Bass B in melody
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:58:31 AM »

Hi, I have a query about whether it is common to use the B note from the bass lhs of a D/G instrument when that note is required in a melody being played by the right]
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Re: Use of Bass B in melody
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 08:58:03 AM »

Yes, it's a good trick and some players use it.

You can go down to A and G that way too, obviating the need for the RH keyboard layout that some people accuse me of having invented  ;D
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Re: Use of Bass B in melody
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 09:06:05 AM »

The C can be handy too, if you’ve got a standard third button start.
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Re: Use of Bass B in melody
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 09:09:17 AM »

You can use the B chord on the way to the C chord from G. 
Such as in the 4th bar of "Speed the plough".
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Re: Use of Bass B in melody
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 11:26:53 AM »

Hi Chris,
Welcome aboard Melnet!
Yes you can use it as a low B for a low B on the right hand melody side if you're nippy enough with your left hand.

As said, it can be a passing note on your way from G to C.
You can also use the B bass and D chord to give a Bm often useful for tunes in the key of D, and Bm is the relative minor of D.
It took me a time to start using it but it does have it's uses.
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I think I'm starting to get most of the notes in roughly the right order...... sometimes!

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Re: Use of Bass B in melody
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 12:51:11 PM »

Done it for years in Em tunes

Basically there is zero need to regard right and left as “separate instruments”?
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