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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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BASS TRICKS
Lets look at ways of making the bass more
interesting to play and to listen to. These bass
tricks fall into two main categories - same
chord tricks and between two chord tricks.
1. SAME CHORD TRICKS.
Instead of playing the same bass note over and
over when playing the same chord here are
some ways to make the bass more interesting.
(a) ALTERNATING THE BASS
As you know the most commonly used bass note
of any chord is its lowest string as this is
generally the tonic note of the chord. The tonic
note gives the name to the chord. The tonic
note is also the strongest note of the chord
and sounds more correct than any other bass
note.
To vary this we can alternate the bass notes
between any of the available bass strings of
the chord. Normally you would start with the
tonic and then alternate to another bass string.
Here is a review of the available strings for
each chord.
What you learn for E and A as open chords will be the same when playing them as bar chords.
Some chords you learnt in level 1 have been left
out e.g. C#m, F#m and G#m as they would
most likely be played as bar chords.
MAJOR
MINOR
7TH
CHORD
NAME
ALLOWED
BASS
STRINGS
CHORD
NAME
ALLOWED
BASS
STRINGS
CHORD
NAME
ALLOWED
BASS
STRINGS
A
5,4
Am
5,4
A7
5,4
B
B7
5,4
C
5,4
C7
5,4
D
4
Dm
4
D7
4
E
6,5,4
Em
6,5,4
E7
6,5,4
F
4
G
6,5,4
G7
6,5,4