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Bass Lesson 02 - Root Note Octaves

Note - the bass lines in lessons 1-11 can all be played with E Blues Backing Track No Bass which you can download from the Bass Guitar Lessons home page or here: mp3 wma

Bass Line 02 - Root Note Octaves

02 Bass Line Octaves mp3 wma
Drums and bass only. Approx 1 minute, 1.4mb.

In lesson 01, we just used the root note of each chord to play over the entire blues progression in E. For the first bass line in this lesson, we are still going to only use the Root note over each chord, however this time we are going to play it using octaves. There are 7 notes in any Major scale, starting on the Root note. If we generically name the notes using numbers we would just say the notes are the 1 or Root, then 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7th degree of the scale for any key we are playing in. When we play the 8th note, we are back to the Root note again, except we are playing that note one octave higher than our starting note.

The tab for the root note octaves for each chord played on 01 Bass Line Octaves is played as follows;

Bass line over the E chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------------------------
A|--------7--7--------7--7--
E|--0--0--------0--0--------
Chords
|---E-----------------------

As was played and explained in the bass line in lesson 01, we are again muting the strings with our right hand fingers.

Bass line over the A chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------7--7--------7--7--
A|--------------------------
E|--5--5--------5--5--------
Chords
|---A-----------------------

Bass line over the B chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------9--9--------9--9--
A|--------------------------
E|--7--7--------7--7--------
Chords
|---B-----------------------

If you aren't sure which chord is being played when, the progression is the standard blues progression that we used in Bass Lesson 01 - Blues Bass in E which is:

E E E E
A A E E
B A E B

The turnaround in bar 12 for bass line octaves is as follows:
G|--------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------
A|--------------[(7) = tied; let previous 7 play]-----
E|--0--5--6--7--(7)--7--7--7----------------------
Chords
|---B-----------------------------------------------

Bass Lesson 03 - Root to 5th

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