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Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 140
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The I-IV-V Progression



Ascending Bass Lines:

Ascending Bass Line Progressions are a type of Moving Bass Line Progression where the bass notes of each chord in the progression move higher typically following the "1-2-3-4", "1-2-4-5", or "1-3-4-5" note bass lines. Ascending Bass Line Progressions are popular with songwriters wishing to create a bright sound. Below are several well-known songs that created Ascending Bass Line Progressions by using chord substitutions and inversions which use notes other than the Root as the bass note.

E-E/G#-A-B = Expressway To Your Heart verse (1967) & My Life verse (1979)
E-E/G#-A-B11 = With A Little Luck verse (1978)
Eadd9-Emaj7/G#-Amaj7-B11 = Somewhere Out There verse (1987)

The following chart shows a comparison of these progressions:

E-    E/G#-    A-    B
E-    E/G#-    A-    B11
Eadd9-Emaj7/G#-Amaj7-B11


On Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram's hit Somewhere Out There verse shown below, a great "1-3-4-5" note Ascending Bass Line was created by using both chord quality change substitutions and inversions. This process was used by both Billy Joel on his My Life verse and Paul McCartney on his With A Little Luck verse.

Eadd9
Emaj7/G#
Amaj7
B11