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G bars 6-7 BOOM! TWO THREE FOUR | ONE TWO THREE BOOM |
C bars 8-9 BOOM TWO THREE FOUR | ONE TWO THREE BOOM ....|
a pair = 6 beats + two rests = two exact bars. So Robbens version does not Walk over the 4/4 time.
- The riff repeats a 3-beat pattern 4 times across 4/4 time. 4x3 = 12beats = 3 bars!!!
The effect is that the riff
shifts it's starting beat within the 4/4 measures.
1st Beat 2 of bar 1 2nd Beat 1 of bar 2 3rd Beat 4 of bar 2 4th Beat 3 of bar 3
Geography of Horrace Silver Version
IntroThe 12-bar riffs start on beat 2 of bar 1 so: 2-bar + 1 beat intro goes like this:
Robben Ford's Version
Similar 3-beat riff but This time, instead of playing 4 of these consecutively, he plays two and leaves 2 beats rest (drumbeat + stab organ chord) before the next 2. This puts all the riff pairs on the same start beat 2.
Rhythmically - We are following the Robben Ford Rhythmic Rock/Blues Style with the last four bars 9-12 using a diminished scale starting from the flat-6th of a semi-tone above the 5th. This is common in blues progressions these days but you don't hear it in the old Chicago blues.