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tahoebrian5

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Can anyone point me to an example of something like this? I've come across descending bass progressions but not ascending.
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Hi Brian,
I did a search in Ted's teaching archives as well as in his Personal Music Studies papers, and I found nothing referring to Ascending Chromatic bass progressions.
Several descending, but no ascending.  Sorry. 
I seem to recall one of Mark Levy's recorded lessons when Ted mentioned that an ascending bass line (especially chromatic) is somewhat uncommon.  The descending line is more melodic and tends to follow the path of the cycle of 4ths/5ths.  I think he also mentioned that it would be a good homework assignment for a student (Mark) to create some ascending bass lines in progressions, (diatonic or otherwise) and then listen to the effect of that progression.  I believe he said that it generally has a positive, uplifting sound.
Good luck.

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James

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Something like Gmaj7 G#dim7 Am7 Bbdim7 Bm7 E7 Am7 D7 is common and it begins with an ascending chromatic bass line.

Bugs Bunny style cartoon music used ascending chromatic diminished seventh chords for climbing up stairs and ladders.  For larger, slower cartoon ascents, rising chromatic augmented chords work.

Abadiba abadiba that's all folks.
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James,
Right.   I was just about to suggest that progression in the key of G exactly as you did.
Tin Pan Alley stuff.
But I think Brian might be looking for longer chains.

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RobertS

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Hi Brian - while these aren't chromatic ascending bass lines, these ascending bass studies might be of interest to you:

http://www.tedgreene.com/images/lessons/harmony/DiatMajHarm_AscBass.pdf

http://www.tedgreene.com/images/lessons/harmony/DiatonicHarmony_BassLines_1.pdf

http://www.tedgreene.com/images/lessons/harmony/StepwiseDiatBassHarmonization.pdf


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