Arpeggios are the notes of a chord played one at a time. This
lesson will cover major arpeggios on the neck of the bass. If
you are new to arpeggios, be sure to go through the Basic
major and minor arpeggios lesson first.
The arpeggio charts in this lesson are written from a horizontal
perspective. So the first string is on top, and the 4th string
is on the bottom. The numbers in red
represents the root of the arpeggio. Each arpeggio shape can be
played anywhere on the neck of the bass. The name will just depend
on what position you are playing in. Just line the red notes up
with whatever major arpeggio you want it to be. You will need
to have a basic understanding of what the names
of the notes are on the neck of the bass to be able to determine
what position to play in.
When the root of the arpeggio is not the lowest note in the form,
you should practice the arpeggio in 2 ways.
1. Start on the lowest root in the form, work your way to the
lowest note, then up to the highest note, then return to the lowest
root again. Here is how you would play the above arpeggio form
at the 5th fret. This would be an F major arpeggio.
2. Play the arpeggio starting from the lowest note, work your
way to the highest, then back to the lowest. As a variation, you
may want to pause on the roots in the arpeggio. That way your
ear will become accustom to how all of the notes sound in relationship
to the root. Again the roots will be the numbers in red.
Each arpeggio chart will be written in 2 ways. To the left you
will see a suggested left hand fingering, and to the right you
will see the Chord Functions. The chord functions
are how the notes in the chord/arpeggio relate to the major scale
with the same root. So the chord formula for a major chord is
1 3 5. See the lesson on basic chord
G A B
C D E F
= G major scale
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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B D =
G chord notes
1 3 5 = Chord function (Chord formula)