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When (in the measure) would you employ the dim as a passing chord to lead to the fourth? In "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," for example, would you take time out of the I chord or out of the IV chord?
Still trying to get the best use out of all that "brain cramp material" I got from Don S. at the Mandolin Symposium. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
I wouldn't myself- i like that tune just the way it is (and this from a guy in The Wayfaring Strangers, a group in which we mess with chord progression on trad tunes all the time)...
If you used it, a likely place would be on the IV phrase "..neath the" #IVo on "willow"...
I agree that the tune sounds better w/o the dim lead-in to the #IV. I was just going for a convenient example to help me grasp the concept. Thans for your answer. I get it! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
A second to applying it to the sedond half of the IV chord (like on the word "willow"). For practical bluegrass application, listen to Jeff Autry's lead uitar work in the Bluegrass '98, Bluegrass '99, etc. He very often uses the notes from a dim chord on the 2nd half of a IV chord leading back to the I. His break on "I'll fly away" comes to mind.