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King of Chords E-Zine, Issue #002 -- 5 golden rules of basslines
August 04, 2006

Five elements that generate great bass lines

1. Play the root of the chord

2. Play the root followed by the notes of the chord

3. Play the root followed by the notes of the scale

4. Use a pentatonic scale for each chord

5. Walking bass lines

What about guitar playing? well I,m sure this is gonna be very helpful

Understanding how a bass line functions is crucial if you want to transcribe the chords of a song.

The bass line will help you calculate the chord progression.

The chord progression is used to determine the key of the song.

Then you can extend the chords within the key and use the Major scale for your guitar solo.

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2 Root followed by notes of the chord

Am7 will be supported, on the first beat, with the note A

After that, some or all of, the notes of the chord can be used in any order.

A is the root, C the b3rd, E the 5th, G the b7th.

These can be difficult to determine but if you know the key…

You can leapfrog through the scale from the root.

Am7 is in the key of G Major, F Major and C Major.

G Major has these notes

G (A) B (C) D (E) F# (G) A B C D E F#

F Major has these

F G (A) Bb (C) D (E) F (G) A Bb C D E

C Major has these

C D E F G (A) B (C) D (E) F (G) A B

The results for Am7 are exactly the same in each case.

The bass-line is telling you that the chord is Am7.

Next: - using notes from the key

It’s easier doing it this way than trying to hear the guitar on the track.

The bassline is far more obvious.


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