The blues scale is used in both slow and fast Gospel. We can deepen the soulfulness of a melody through the altered scale degrees drawn from the blues style. The third, the fifth and the seventh of the major scale are frequently lowered (flatted) or inflected.
The forward and reverse clave is basic to much Latin music as are Montuo patterns.
Worship songs have texts and texts have meanings and poetic images. We can honor and draw attention to these meanings and images by means of “word painting.” Word painting is an expressive device that attempts to depict (often literally) the meaning of specific, individual words in the text.
In the previous chapter we centered on V7 and V9sus chords to effect short, basic modulations. Now our range of options enlarges: any kind of ii chord can precede the V chord. The ii – V – I progression can be used to produce smooth modulations for any key.