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.
Sometimes, you could be given a piece of sheet music or bass chord charts to create your own basslines or improvisation across 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 potential.
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#1 – Learn And Master the Major Chords And Triads
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.
#2 – 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.
#3 – 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.
#4 – 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.
#5 – 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.
#6 – 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…
#7 – Seventh Chords – A Distinct Triad With Dissonance
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.
#8 – Diatonic Chords – Relationships in Chordal Harmony
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 improvisation.
#9 – 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.