Sign in to follow this  

Blue Devils Chord Progressions

Recommended Posts

Are there any people associated with blue Devils who might help describe how the Chord Sequence from their BbMaj9 chord progression in their warm ups work?

It sounds spacey and I'm just wondering how it works

Edited by Chrisf98

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's just parallel 9th chords, which is what every Theory I teacher will tell you to never do.  ;)  Everyone moves up like they're playing the first five notes of a major scale.

A BD alum from the early 90's said that he personally liked to voice them with only the contras/tubas on the root, then the minor triad (3-5-7) in the euphs/baris, an open interval (5-9) in the altos, and the major triad (5-7-9) in the sops/trumpets.

So, in modern Bb/F instruments, it probably goes like this:

Tubas: Bb (could add an F split);  Baris/euphs: D-F-A;  Mellos: F-C (this would be "C-G" in mello notation);  Trumpets: F-A-C (well, that's concert pitch, so they'd play G-B-D "trumpet" pitch).

The exercise itself has a couple rules: Balance to the root, and each step up must be louder.  You can't zoom up to fortissimo by the second chord, because you've got three more steps to grow.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.