Blues & Gospel Walk-Ups
In this lesson we explore blues and gospel walk-ups and how to add chromatic passing chords to our chord progressions.
We will use the F Blues Form to apply the walk-ups and passing chords but remember that you can apply these principles to any song or hymn that you are working on.
Chromatic Passing Chords From Above
We add the chromatic passing chords in the space immediately before the main chord changes in the blues. In this example we will add a B7 chord before the chord change to the Bb7 in bar 2 of the F Blues:
We can always add a chromatic passing chord a half step above any chord change to create tension and then a stronger sense of resolution.
Chromatic Passing Chords From Below
Using the same chord change, we can also approach the Bb7 with a chromatic passing chord from a half step below. Last time we approached with a B7 which is a half step above Bb7, and this time we use an A7 which is a half step below Bb7:
This relationship can be used for all of the chord changes in the blues as demonstrated in the lesson. Once you are comfortable with the concept of passing chords we can create gospel walk-ups.
Blues & Gospel Walk Ups
We can take this concept further by creating a walk up. A walk up is where we string together multiple chromatic passing chords before a chord change. Here is an example approaching the Bb7 in the F Blues:
Walk-ups can be both chromatic and diatonic. The above example is a chromatic walk-up using a string of dominant chords.
Chromatic Passing Chords Notation File Type: pdf
Gospel Walk-Ups Notation File Type: pdf