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Ban dwa g on Mu s i c S t ud i o s
TONIC NOTE ACCOMPANIMENT
The simplest bass accompaniment that you can
play is called the tonic note. The note can also be
called the root note – as in the root of a tree.
The tonic note is the main note of a chord, and
has the same name as the chord. You can think of
this note as the foundation of the chord.
For example the tonic note for all these chords
would be C :
C, Cm, C7, Cm7, C11, C5.
So you only have to look at the alphabet name of
the chord and not its type (major, minor, 7, etc.).
Remember that ‘#’ and ‘b’ will be a part of the
alphabet name of the chord e.g. the tonic note
for the chords C, Cmin and C7 would be C.
The tonic note for the chords G, Gmin and G7
would be G; the tonic note for the chords F#,
F#min and F#7 would be F#; the tonic note for
the chords Bb, Bbmin, Bb7 would be Bb.
So you must learn the names of all the notes on
the bass so that you can work with the chord
players (guitarists and keyboardists).
Use the chart provided and also the section on
the alphabet.
Concentrate on learning the notes -
1. Along each string.
2. In position. This is where you play across the
guitar in the same frets. The position number
refers to which fret finger 1 is in.
Hotel California
VERSE.
Bm
F#7
A
E
G
D
Em
F#7
CHORUS.
G
D
F#7
Bm
G
D
Em
F#7