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Chords Leve l 2
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(b) BASS RUNS
Here we join the bass notes of chords by using
one or more in between bass notes.
To join the bass notes of two chords you would
usually start on the tonic of the first chord, play
the in-between bass notes and then the tonic
note of the second chord. The in-between notes
should be from the key that the two chords are
in. You can make the joining bass notes go higher
up to the new chord or lower down to the new
chord e.g. if you are going between G and C -
CHORD
joining bass notes
CHORD
C
b
a
G
G
f
e
d
C
The connecting bass note or notes can be used
either in “stand out" style where the bass notes
are prominent, or in a "hidden" style where the
bass run is somewhat hidden in amongst the
chord strumming.
In hidden style you’ll see chords written like this
- G/F#. The name before the slash is the chord
name while the name after the slash is the bass
note. So with G/F# you are playing a G chord
with an F# bass note. Remember in this style the
chord is only on string 1, 2 and 3. So to play a G
chord you need only a finger (usually your little
finger) on string 1 fret 3 with string 2 and 3
open.
We’ll use the simple strum routine of strum 5 for
one chord per bar, while the bar with the bass
run is based on strum 4. Counts 1 and 2 are the
same while counts 3 and 4 are both bass notes.