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Creating Bass Lines - Basic Chord Tones

In this lesson, I will show you how to start creating bass lines using fundamental chords. Keep it simple using the first , third and fifth degrees of the major and minor scales.

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Reading Chord Symbols

In this lesson, we'll look at how chord symbols are created and what they mean so you can read them on paper. We will discuss what they mean musically and how to use them to play bass lines.

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Reading Roman Numeral Symbols (Nashville Style)

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.

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Chord Progression - D and G (I and IV)

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.

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Volume 05

Song - Feelin’ Alright (Dave Mason)

In this song lesson, I'll teach you how to play the original version of Feelin' Alright by Dave Mason's band and his bass player. This song has a very simple chord progression, D7 to G7 (I7 to IV7).

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Chord Progression - E to D

In this lesson I will explore a very simple chord progression, I7 to bVII. I'll show you how to form strong bass lines using roots and 5ths plus some of the scale tones of the mixolydian mode.

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Song - Longview (Green Day)

In this lesson I will teach you how to play Green Days' Longview with its trademark bass line using the simple chord progression I to bVII.

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Song - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)

In this lesson I'll teach you the simple bass line for the classic song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. The rhythm of the bass line is a fundamental pattern that is used in many musical styles.

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Simple Chord Progression - I, IV, V,  IV

In this lesson, I'll show you the very common chord progression I, IV, V, IV and explore creating bass lines for it using chord tones.

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Song - The Joker (Steve Miller)

In this lesson, I will teach you the classic bass line from The Joker by Steve Miller. This uses the simple progression I, IV, V, IV.

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Basic 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson I will teach you a basic 12 bar blues chord progression. This is a standard progression used in blues, country, and rock.

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12 Bar Quick Change Blues

In this lesson I will teach you a variation of the 12 Bar Blues often referred to as Quick Change blues.

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Minor Blues

In this lesson I will teach another variation of the 12 bar blues that uses minor chords as opposed to major chords.

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Basic Jazz 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson I will teach you a jazz variation of the 12 Bar Blues. This variation is based off of the Quick Change blues and uses a more complicated chord structure in the "turn around" section at the end.

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Music Theory : Cadences

In this lesson I will introduce you to the music theory concept of cadences. In western music, the two common cadences are V to I (Perfect Authentic) and IV to I (Plagal).

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Chord Progression (I, bVII, IV)

In this lesson I will teach you a I, bVII, IV chord progression that is used in many rock and pop tunes. I'll show you several patterns to start improvising with.

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