In this lesson I am going to show you some basic improvisational tools that you can use to build your own bass lines when jamming with other musicians. These are like legos for bass lines. Don't be boring, start exploring...
This is the beginning of some advanced music theory lessons in the form of extended chord forms. I will talk about the '9', '11', and '13' chord tones or 'tensions'. This is an introduction to these concepts.
In this lesson, I will show you how chord symbols relate to Roman Numeral symbols. The chord number system is popular in Nashville recording scenes as it makes it easy to change keys for the singer in the band.
In this lesson, I will run through a simple chord progression and explore how to create a bass line using the chord tones plus some chromatic approaches. The attached chart has the example bass lines laid out in music and TAB.
In this lesson, I will show you some note choices that you can use to lead from one chord change to another. I will cover the 7th approach and the 5th approach. This will help you build more interesting bass lines.
I'll show you the tricky business of tensions for dominant 7th chords, which get complex and more interesting sounding as we move forward. These sounds are used in jazz music but also can be found in rock and pop.
In this lesson, I will build a rock bass line for a simple progression and explore the style using driving 1/8 notes and some leading note approaches. Plus, we'll add some pentatonic riffs that you can jam with.
In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at the mixolydian mode, its characteristic note and how it sounds when making music. This mode is used quite a bit in blues and I'll show you a blue note to use. It can be considered the major version of dorian.
In this lesson we discuss basic chords and arpeggios. Chords discussed include the 4 basic triads (major, minor, diminished, and augmented) as well as the three fundamental 7th chords. These consist of Major 7, Minor 7, and Dominant 7.
In this lesson we will continue learning the notes of the bass neck starting at the fifth fret and going all the way to the 12th fret which is the octave. At this point, all the notes start repeating their pattern from the first fret.
In this lesson we will be introducing the concept of intervals, with a focus on the 4th and 5th intervals. These are common intervals used in constructing bass lines, especially in bluegrass and country styles.
In this lesson we will learn about the most basic chord: the triad. Triads are made from three notes as opposed to intervals which only have two notes. This lesson will show you the patterns for both major and minor triads and then discuss how they can be used to build bass lines.