Walkdown patterns, substitution, and rhythm changes.
Well, I’m finally starting to decide to stick with doing guitar backup stuff, just because I love it so much.
I play in standard tuning like most people, but if I absolutely had to, I could probably start doing drop-d or dadgad, but for now I’m working with standard.
Well, first, I’m trying to figure out what chords to use to do that walk-down pattern that guitarists will do with the bass and everything. From what I’ve seen and heard, I’m assuming to do it more effectively in D, it would be better to use drop d, but how would I do this at least to some degree in standard, or maybe in E?
Then, I’ve gotten into doing a lot of chord substitution stuff (probably too much), though nothing too complicated, mainly just relative minor chords as they fit. I’m just wondering, how often would be too much for this kind of thing? And any tips on chords to try and substitute in place of chords, other than just Bm for D, C for Em, Am for C, et cetera?
Last, the rhythm stuff.
What are some suggestions, or examples of good rhythms to go for instead of sticking to the basic kinds in each and every tune. Most of what I’ll do is fairly simple changes, with some syncopation and stuff in there. I think jigs are one that I would need work with there more-so. I’ve got the DUD DUD thing going, but I hate just sticking to that throughout the whole thing.
So…. once you’re done with this long speech of a question, all the tips would be welcome.
Thanks, and God bless,