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Bass Lesson 09 - Root 3rd 4th 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 09 - Root Root 3rd 4th 5th

09 Bass Line Root 3rd 4th 5th mp3 wma
Drums and bass only. Approx 1 minute, 1.4mb.

By adding the 4th to a bass line in between the Major 3rd and the 5th (or perfect 5th) we give the bass the feel of a walking bass. What we are saying when we use the expression walking bass is simply that we are walking from one note to another. In this case we are walking from the root note up to the 5th.

Playing the 3rd and 4th notes leading up to the 5th are what gives it that walking sound. There are an unlimited number of note choices we could use for a walking bass line but this is a great one to start off with. It's very standard and for a good reason. It's got a great sound to it.

The tab for bass line root 3rd 4th 5th for each chord played on Bass Line 08 is played as follows;

Bass line over the E chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------------------------
A|--------------------------
E|--0--0--4--4--5--5--7--7--
Chords
|---E-----------------------

Bass line over the A chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------------------------
A|--------4--4--5--5--7--7--
E|--5--5--------------------
Chords
|---A-----------------------

Bass line over the B chord:
G|--------------------------
D|--------------------------
A|--------6--6--7--7--9--9--
E|--7--7--------------------
Chords
|---B-----------------------

Up until now we have used the same turnaround.

The turnaround for this is a walking bass line turnaround that we are playing over bars 11 and 12:
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------[(7--7--7) = tied; let previous 7 play]----
E|--0--0--4--4--5--5--6--6--7--5--6--7-(7--7--7)----------------------------
Chords
|---E--------------------------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

Bass Lesson 10 - Root 3rd Root 7th 5th

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