Chord Progressions  

Descending Bass Line

Saturday, 4 September 2021 2:13 pm

Many songs make us of a bass line descending.  For example the progression I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V. Pachabel’s Canon in D Major is an example from classical music.  

Here’s an audio sample in the key of C.  

Audio - Descendning Bass Line C G/B Am G F C/E F G

Adele - Make You Feel my Love

This song is in the Key of A#. 

With capo on 1st fret the verse begins : A (barre) | E/G# | G | D/F# | Dm/F | A/E | B | E | A |

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum

This song is in the key of C. 

The bass line descends over these chords:  

C | G/B | Am | Am/G | F | C/E | Dm | 

F | G | G/F | Em | G | C | F | C | G |

Doug Parkinson -Dear Prudence

This song is in the key of D. The verse uses  chords | D | D/C | D/B | D/Bb |.

Other Examples of this Progression

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin