Dean DeLeo is a genius

No wonder the chords to Cast A Shade were familiar; the first three are very much like the verse chords to Stone Temple Pilots – Plush! He too took a descending chromatic line (D to B) and used chords around them.


I’m not even going to try to figure out how to spell each chord, but they are pretty funky inversions. Then, he does a descending line again, from G to E, like in my song! Of course, I also do a B to D on two octaves after that, so I shall smirk proudly in my own chord math. 🙂

I swear I was not inspired by Plush; I was inspired by Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven and Kashmir. Stairway To Heaven’s intro riff for one has a descending chromatic bassline. Very neat.

Of course, there are other lesser-known inverted chord mathemagicians, but I shall only proclaim my love for those who made their alternate-voiced chords on radio, like um Stone Temple Pilots, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Incubus and um Eric Clapton to some extent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *