Chord Connections

"Ponteio" by Edu Lobo

Edu Lobo composition called

You can download the audio (from the album track that was uploaded to 
Y.T.) using:

( alternate post of that track on Vimeo :

The soloing begins at 1m25s (i.e.: 85 seconds inwards).

The harmonic structure is simple:
Principally (mostly) white keys on the piano keyboard.
Root is 'E' -- the harmnoic palette is Phrygian mode.

It's harmonically similar to Coltrane's modal arrangement of "My 
Favorite Things."

I suppose 'E' dorian could be in there too, a bit. At least some F#s , 
if not C#s. Otherwise the 'C' is natural (white key) (and often the 'F' 
is natural (white key), as well, (as opposed to): sharped ("F#").

The bass (harmonic) root goes
from 'E' to 'D' (and/or 'F').
In fact, that Phrygian thing is similar to that Soft Machine thing 
(movement in the middle of the "Mousetrap"/"Slightly All the Time" 

with 'E' in root,
you can play G Major 7 (try inversions, starting with 3rd inversion, 
which has F# (the 7th) at bottom, and a half-step/semi-tone above is the 
root ('G') of that chord: F#-G-B-D -- which is a nice compact voicing.
Move that down one whole step, to make F Major 7 (when the root moves 
down a whole-step (Major-2nd) to 'D'

D + F Maj. 7

and back up to:
E + G Maj. 7

When, harmonically, (the root is) down in 'D',
with right hand, you can play
d min.7
then F Maj. 7
then a min. 7
and maybe also C Maj. 7
(See how the thirds stack atop one another?)

This might be actually easier to play than the MIDI sequence that I gave 
to you of "My Favorite Things" (which included a bit of "Moon in June" , 
as well).

The main theme involves a harmonic movement to a MAJor key,
E Major chord, to D Major
and I then play those same two chords, but inverted downwards.
My own arrangement idea, approach to voicing those two Major triads, are 
descending inversions. My voicings span a whole octave, but maybe your 
voicings can be limited to three members, each - which requires less of 
a hand span.


To sum up the harmonic guts of this composition:
'E' phrygian (with movement of bass down to 'D' (and/or maybe 'F')

and then, a shift in tonality to major: E Major (with E and D Major 

The modal "My Favorite Things" uses:
'E' dorian
'E' phrygian
and also, for bridge, 'E' Major


Back to "Ponteio",
there is a high-octave-register theme that is pretty rapid:
F#, E (That pair of notes, 3x)
G, F# __ (E) : ||

 -- connection: Frank Zappa's "Duke of Prunes" (stacked thirds, modal) rich minor 11th (or, at least, 9th) chords.


About the recording (rendition) that I pointed you towards,

The band-leader is Dom Um Romao,
who was one of the great Brasilian rhythm men.

He played percussion for a session of Sinatra featuring Antonio Carlos 
Jobim in 1967 or so.

He played the drum kit for Sergio Mendes (replacing the original drummer 
of Brasil '66) from about 1968-1970 or so.

He then played percussion with Joe Zawinul and Weather Report in 1971 
(see Beat Club footage).

He was the band-leader in this cut. He plays the drum kit + all 
additional percussion.

back to Free Instructional Materials

| back to homepage |