Hidden Animals: Chord Inversions, Hammond Sound





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Published on Sep 25, 2010

Why 'Hidden Animals'? When I played back the footage, I noticed that the cat on the T-shirt I was wearing was leaping forwards as I leaned forward to start to play - purely accidental!

This is an Opal Chameleon connected to a Roland VK-8M (mondule) for my experiments with rhythm patterns and riffs in preparation for playing rock keyboard parts in my next band (when I get to build an Opal I can keep!)

I also took the opportunity to address forum writers who, new to the note layout, noticed that the 4th interval is not one of the keys adjacent to the tonic (of whichever key you're playing in). As with a conventional keyboard, you would normally play inversions while switching chords anyway, so it helps that on the sonome, the 4th minus an octave IS one of the keys adjacent to the tonic. Its location right under the tonic makes an inverted 4th with some bottom end easy and intuitive. Or you can invert the tonic and alternate fast with a root-position 4th.

I've tried to show all of this in the video, using my version of Spencer Davis 'Gimmie Some Lovin' as an example. I hope it helps new sonome users find ways to navigate the key surface fluently.

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