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Ditones

Also known as the Major 3rd.

Everyone has been screaming about how to use the tritone, tritone, tritone,
but the ditone is just as powerful as the tritone. It is a key element in that
gospel/urban sound. It helps you get from one chord to the other in a really
phat way. It sounds so good that you can walk it up as much as you want and it
still sounds good.

General Usage:
The ditone in your left hand is usually coupled with a suspended chord in your
right hand. I like to associate them in clumps for better understanding, because
there are other ways to use the ditone. Here are some general rules to using
this ditone:

1. The ditone mimics the bass line:


- What this means is that if your bass line is C, then your ditone will
usually be C E.

2. The ditone is usually coupled with a suspended chord in the right hand
- LH (C-E) RH (Bb-Eb-Ab (Bb Suspended))

As a Passing Tone
Remember to think about the bass note. The bass note is exactly what it
sounds like: It is the actual sound and movement of the bass guitar. So if you
hear the bass guitar on a song go from C to D to E, then your ditones will be C-
E, D-Gb, E-Ab. Your right hand chord will be Bb Suspended-C Suspended-D-
Suspended. But be careful! Make sure that when you hear the bass that you use
the bass notes that are acting as passing tones. So you have a responsibility to
learn and interpret the song to see if it’s a foundation bass note, or a passing
tone. So what you can do is move the ditone/suspended combination in whole
notes to to get to your destination. So if your starting point is C and your
ending point is F, then you can use the ditone/suspended combination that
goes from C to F, but on F you play the foundation chord.

Note: The reason why I describe it as a ditone/suspended combination is


because what you can do with the suspended chord is play around with the
suspended chord. This is why I describe the chord in clumps, because each
clump has its own distinct way you can use them, even though they are used in
combination.

Replacing the 1 Chord


You hear this done in jazz music an awful lot. Instead of playing a regular C
major chord, you can play: RH (C-E), LH(A-D-G (A-Suspended)). You can even
move these chord combinations in whole steps up and down to get to your
destination and it sounds really jazzy. Listen to the live CD when Martha Munizi
sings New Season. You will hear these chord combinations being used.