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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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The balance of volume between the two parts is
an important consideration. The bass part must
be louder than the chord part. The reason for
this is that the bass part holds all the interest
in this style. Why bother hitting the single
bass string or doing an interesting bass run
when it can't be heard? I suggest that you hit
the bass string a little harder than normal and
the chord strings a little softer than normal to
give a good difference in their volumes.
To choose the correct bass string we use a rule
of thumb and use the “lowest allowed string"
i.e. the lowest sounding string that is a part of
the chord. Remember how some chords did not
use all strings? Here is a chart for the chords
showing the lowest string that is commonly
used as the bass note.
What you learn for E and A as open chords will be the same when playing them as bar chords.
MAJOR
MINOR
7
CHORD
STRING
CHORD
STRING
CHORD
STRING
A
5
Am
5
A7
5
B7
5
C
5
C7
5
D
4
Dm
4
D7
4
E
6
Em
6
E7
6
F
4
G
6
G7
6