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Bass Line Creation - Roots

The first step to learning how to develop a bass line, is to simply play the roots of the chords. Everything else is just icing on the cake. So then it just boils down to where to play the root on the neck of the bass, and what rhythms to play.

What are chords? Chords are more that one note played at a time. You could play chords on the bass, but for the most part they will sound too muddy to be of any use. If you are playing in a band, then the guitarist or keyboard player will be playing the chords. There are a lot of different chords, and it is beyond the scope of this lessons to go into them in too much detail, but what you need to be concerned with right now is what the root of a chord is. A C chord, a Cm (C minor), a C7....the root of all of these chords is C. The root is the basic note that the chord is named after. The other parts of the chord name, like the m, or the 7, just give information about what other notes are in the chord. Later on this will be very important, but for now you will play the same thing for all of these chords.....C.

One very important bit of information that you should master as a bass player, is what all of the names of the notes on the neck are. There is no way to play the root of a chord if your don't know where it is. Goal #1 should be to learn the notes on the 4th and 3rd string. You are going to use the notes on these 2 strings as an anchor when first learning to play the bass.

Be sure to check out the lesson on learning the names of the notes on the neck of the bass. This is a prerequisite to understanding this lesson.

 

Page 2, Where to play the roots, and what rhythms to use




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