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Bass Lesson 08 - Root 3rd 5th 3rd
Bass Line 08 - Root 3rd 5th 3rd
In this lesson we are going to introduce the 3rd degree of the scale to a bass line using the root and the 5th notes. The 3rd we are playing in the bass lines below is a Major 3rd. The 3rd degree of the scale determines whether or not a chord is Major or minor. Most blues bass lines use the Major 3rd; however you'll often use the minor or flat 3rd (b3rd) to walk up to the Major 3rd. Well look at walking up and down to chords a bit later on.
The tab for bass line root 3rd 5th 3rd for each chord played on Bass Line 07 is played as follows;
Bass line over the E chord:
Bass line over the A chord:
Bass line over the B chord:
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:
The turnaround in bar 12 for the above bass line is played as follows:
In lessons 01 through to 07 we've now used all the chord tones from a dominant 7th chord. The chord tones from a dominant 7th chord are; the root, 3rd, 5th and b7th notes. In lesson 09 we will add the 4th degree of the scale to a bass line. This is moving away from the chord tones and will create a nice walking bass sound.