^^ Exactly this!!! That's why I told you OP, the bass arrangement is what makes the song click the way it does with listeners.CinningBao wrote: ↑Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:01 amOh yes, I love this game, and I love R Kelly.
That first song is made up of these parts:
- on the right an electric piano playing a repeating part which basically Amaj to Emaj
- that little guitar lick on the down beat sliding up a tone from E+A to F#+B and back down
- another electric piano on the left just playing a two note C#+E constantly
- every now and then pads playing an E in different octaves
- THE BASS - this is what is making you think there's a C#m7 or E at the end, or in the middle - there isn't; if you listen the bass doesn't ever actually hit a note on the second or fourth "chords changes" - it's just implied. This is why I love this guy's production and writing - the best emotional expression is not what you hear is played; it's what you hear which _isn't_ played. It's just a well positioned
That 'official' score was probably transcribed by someone who was nowhere near the recording studio on the day. Their job was to simplify the song so it can be played by two hands and sung by a voice. That's what the regular consumer (looking for musical scores) wants, and always has done since before recordings were the next big thing.
Everyone's hearing these minor and major 7ths, when in fact that's not what was played or recorded - those chords are just a simplification of a collection of simple hooks all playing at the same time.
My massive over-simplification of it would be
A/B (A major over B bass)
E (no bass note or choose chord root)
Thanks for the post. I don't know much about bass arrangements and I learnt a lot from this.