E7 Bass Arpeggio Charts
The primary chord of this bass groove is an E or E7. Here are a couple of ways you could play a E7 arpeggio on the bass. Learning to play arpeggios on the bass is essential to creating bass lines. The first is just a one octave version starting on the 3rd string 7th fret, and the other adds a couple of lower notes.
Chromatic Passing Tones
In the 2nd and 4th measures of this bass groove are what are called chromatic passing tones. I am just filling in the notes between 2 E7 arpeggio notes. The note on the 2nd string 7th fret is actually part of the E mixolydian scale form that you learned above, but the note on the 2nd string at the 8th fret isn't.
The note on the 8th fret of the 2nd string, and the 6th fret of the 4th strings are the only notes in this whole bass groove that are not in the E Mixolydian mode.
In measure 4 the chromatic passing tones are the same as in measure 2, just an octave lower.
Double Stops on the Bass
A double stop is just a term for playing 2 notes at the same time. And in this bass line there are 2 of them. Both are really skeletons of and E major chord and a D major chord.
Here are a couple of jam track to help you practice your new bass groove, and to test out your own bass line varitions. One is just the drum track, and the other has some keyboards as well.
Alright, have fun with your new funky bass groove in E Mixolydian. Once you have learned the bass line exactly how I play it, try adding other notes from the bass scale forms and arpeggio forms above. Change the rhythms and start to make this your own.
have a good one
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