Ch12 Bassline impro over the C, F, G progression

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites Warning! Dont do all of this (maybe 25% of it) in a tune! But use some of the ideas where you feel appropiate This a continuation of the playing over triads series, go to previous lesson and backing track HERE In this example i cram almost everything i know in playing the bassline over the progression: CFGC Chordnotes - Major triad 1, 3, 5 sometimes with a 6th added. Scale notes - When doing the walkup or walkdowns from one chord to the other i just use the notes from C major scale. Chromatic passing notes in between scale notes - For example, on the F chord, if you are goin from the 3rd A to the 5th C, you can use notes inbetween in passing - A (A# B) C. Inversions of the chords - the root position of the Major triad (you can add the octave too) is 1, 3, 5, then first inversion 3, 5, 1 and the second inversion 5, 1, 3. Doublestops (2 note chords) - Playing the root plus the 10th (an octave + a third) Playing this in a band would surely get me fired for overplaying, but again, its an example of possibilties and inspiration for you to in learning to play over these fairly simple Major chords. And we havent even touched the use of the 7th, as i basically play over triads with a 6th added here and there, but its the pure major chord sound witch is used a lot in most rock and pop songs. Quicktime version iPod version

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MarloweDK said,

May 6, 2010 @ 7:43 am

You are most welcome:-)

BassMan49 said,

May 6, 2010 @ 4:39 am


I just started playing bass in Jan.I’m new to music,always loved the bass,I must say you are very smooth,(you make it look to easy(LOL) and I enjoy watching all your lessons. They have helped me a great deal.I’m still learning but things are starting to make since “Thanks for all the lessons and please keep them coming.Thanks again for helping this newbie bass player enjoy learning,

I appreciate it,


Soulful.bass.tee said,

November 20, 2009 @ 5:50 am

MarloweDK man i dunno wat 2 say ..
Ol i can say U R the man u got talent
hope you will be making dvd’s very soon

Stay Blessed n keep making this vidz

akosx said,

November 19, 2009 @ 8:32 pm


That’s a useful lesson.
Did you use Band in a Box during the lesson?
Can you upload the SGU file?

Thx, Ákos
Sure thing – SGU uploaded HERE

plotino said,

November 11, 2009 @ 8:45 am

great MDK. From italy,
thanks thanks and one more time … thanks!


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