Bass Guitar Chords
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If you know your basic scales, you may be wondering where to go from there. After
all, scales are the foundations of all music right?
If scales are the foundation of music, chords are the first bricks laid upon the mortar.
Now, when you teach yourself bass guitar, it should be an
awesome experience and a fun one as well. If you are a relatively new bassist, the single most challenging thing to
learn is to make your fingers obey the motions you want them to.
In this section of bass guitar chords tutorials, we will be touching on several aspects of music harmony and
techniques. If you do not have any basic knowledge of music theory or you are not even able to fret single notes
properly, go back to the other sections of the website first. The topics covered here are slightly more advanced
and you need to have some proper foundations to avoid frustrations.
For the rest of you guys, you might also be wondering. What is a bass chord? Why do I need to learn how to play
chords on the bass guitar? I would like to address this by saying that most bassists don't typically play alot of
chords by themselves during a piece of music. The bass guitar is a "support" instrument and your role is to
complete the harmony in a band or ensemble.
In short, your usual duty as a bassist when jamming with other musicians is
to play one of the notes that forms the chord harmony in the band. This is where your knowledge in music theory of bass chords comes in.
Sometimes, bassists are not told what to specific music notes to play but rather only informed of the chord
progressions or key that a piece of music is in.
In such scenarios, you are expected to play the bass to complement and support the overall music across the
music progression. Of course, you could be given sheet music or bass chord charts to create your own basslines or
improvisation across chord progressions.
To do all this, you need to have some basic knowledge of bass chord formations and music theory. With a good
grasp of the tools and knowledge in your mind and guitar, only then can you play the bass guitar to your full
List of Bass Chords Guitar Lessons:
- Learn And Master the Major Chords
Want to learn how to make your bass playing sound huge? Learning to play chords on the bass will give your
notes a bigger punch. Get started with the most basic of them all here.
- Minor Chords - Your Guide to Basic
Triads With a Mellow Tone
To further expand your bass playing, this lesson touches on the minor chords to help you increase your musical
knowledge and also improve your skills as a bassist.
- Easy Tutorial to Help You Start
Creating Bass Triads
What are triads? A triad in its most basic form basically refers to a series of 3 notes that are played
together. Read this article for more details on creating your own triads for your bass playing.
- Common Chord
Patterns to Remember
We come across chord progressions or rhythms that sound very familiar all the time in today's modern music. In
this article, we will look at some of the more commonly found patterns and learn them on the bass.
- Learn How to Play Bass
Guitar Arpeggios With Exercises And Videos
Playing arpeggios on the bass guitar is easier than you think it is. With a good understanding of basic chords
theory, breaking down the notes on an individual level becomes easier.
- I-IV-V Progressions - One
of the Most Common Form of Music Found
Did you know that there are tons of famous songs that are written with the same chord progression? The I-IV-V
progression is perhaps the most recognizable of them all. Read more here...
- Seventh Chords - A Distinct Triad With
What are seventh chords? In a nutshell, 7th chords are basically triads with an added seventh note to give it
the distinct flavor and its unique dissonance.
- Diatonic Chords - Relationships in
Understanding your musical knowledge will help you improve your bass playing in more ways than one. Not only
will a good understanding of chord theory help you play the right notes at the right time, it will also aid in
- Diminished Arpeggios to
Generate Dissonance And Build Up Tension
The diminished triad creates a dissonant and unstable musical tension when it is played in a piece of music.
When used well, it creates suspense and builds up climax. In this lesson, we take a look at how the diminished
chord can be played with arpeggios.