Preparing for Chord Descension

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In this article we’re going to look at a very familiar move that guitars use in the key of C but we’re going to apply it to some other open chords. I kind of always think of the descending walk down from C to A minor as the “Landslide” move.

Guitarists may even know this move in G as it’s also fairly common. But what about the keys of A, D and E? One reason is that they may not be as easy to play. The movement in the keys of C and G are very natural and sound very open. It’s such a great move that it’s good to know it in every key. For now I’ll just give you a couple.
Let’s look at the move in the key of C.

example of first chord descent

The point here is to get from the I chord to the vi (minor) chord. To get from the I chord to the vi we use another chord to bridge them together. The IV chord at first inversion has the best resume for the job. Why? Because it allows us to have a diatonic descending bass line. We use the notes C to B to A in the bass. Y’all know this move already. I’m not inventing the wheel here or even the flowbee for that matter.

flowbee in use

You just may have not understood the mechanics of it. Or perhaps you only know it in C.
Here it is in the key of G:

example of chord descent 2

OK, these two examples don’t mean you have “Moves Like Jagger” (har har), but the next one might.
In the key of A:

example of chord descent 3

These last example doesn’t flow as nicely, but if you’re in that key it’s still nice to be able to use the “Landslide” movement. Once you’ve mastered this and are feeling a little cocky you can try it in Ab or B major.

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