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Bass Lesson 04 - Root 5th Root 5th

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 04 - Root 5th Root 5th

04 Bass Line Root 5th Root 5th mp3 wma
Drums and bass only. Approx 1 minute, 1.4mb.

Ok, now we are going to add the 5th degree of the scale to our root octaves that we used in Bass Lesson 02 - Root Note Octaves.

The tab for bass line root 5th root 5th for each chord played on 03 Bass Line Root 5th Root 5th is played as follows;

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

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

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

Notice that the pattern we are playing over the A and the B chords is the same. You can use all of the patterns we are looking at when playing through any blues tune. You just need to find the root note on your low or E string and then play the pattern. So if you where playing a blues in G, when you are on the G chord you could play the above pattern starting at the 3rd fret.

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 the above bass line is played as follows:
G|--------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------
A|--------------[(7) = tied; let previous 7 play]-----
E|--0--5--6--7--(7)--7--7--7----------------------
Chords
|---B-----------------------------------------------

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