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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Major Arpeggios with Inversions

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Now we're gonna turn
out attention to arpeggios.
Arpeggios, are so important in music
because we're dealing with
the chord structures now.
The triads in arpeggio fashion,
where we play the chord in separate notes.
And we, like this, like.
That's an arpeggio.
It's the chord tones.
We're gonna start with the basic
triads in root position,
first inversion, and second inversion.
All this means is, if you have a C chord,
we're going to play,
starting from the root C, and then we're
going to start from the third which is E.
And then we're going to start
from the fifth which is G.
Because the notes in a C major are C E G.
So, we're gonna go through all the keys,
in the low position right now,
just to show you some basic fingerings.
We'll do the majors first.
So here we go.
C major, root position.
We're going to start on the A string
with the second finger, and just go two,
one, four.
That's C, E, G.
That's C major in root position.
And then We're going to do first inversion
which is going to start on the third
which is E, G, C, C, E, G, E, G, C.
It's good for
you to sing these things too.
Now second inversion starts on the fifth,
we'll go down for that cuz,
we don't wanna creep into
the other registers yet.
Now, second inversion is G, C,
E, starting from the fifth.
Okay, so we have.
Now this is good for your right hand too.
Cuz you have to do string crossing.
You can do those with rhythms.
Vary the rhythms,
if you want.
Okay, now F major.
F major's F, A, C.
One, three, five, of the scale.
The root, the third and the fifth,
so, one, three, five, and
that's the root position, and now,
first inversion starting on the third.
then second inversion starting
on the fifth, which is C.
See how you do that fingering is?
1, 0, 4, 0, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2.
Now B flat, root position,
B flat, D, F, and then third
in the base, D, F, A flat.
Then we'll go down from the fifth and
the bass.
F, B flat, D.
So that's easy.
That's one open, four open, four, four.
One, one, open.
Now moving to E flat major.
One, open, four.
That's the root E flat, G, B flat.
Now, the first inversion.
G, B flat, E flat.
And then the second inversion,
B flat, E flat, G.
One, open, four.
Four, one, one, one, one, open.
Okay good.
Now, we'll do A flat major.
Here's a closed position now,
with no open strings.
We're gonna do it like this.
One is the root on the bottom,
so two, one, four.
A flat, C, E flat.
Two, one, four.
And then one, four, four.
That's the third in the bass in the C.
C, E flat, A flat.
One, four, four.
And then four, four, two.
That's the E flat, and
the A flat, and the C.
Four, four, two.
So we have one, two, one, four.
One, four, four.
Four, four, two.
[SOUND] Now D-flat major.
Two, one, four.
That's the root in the bass.
D-flat, F, A-flat.
That's D-flat, F, A-flat, and
then the third in the bass.
F, A flat, D flat.
now the fifth in the bass.
A flat, D flat, F.
So, D flat major, D flat.
now I have sharp major.
Two one four, that's the fingering again.
The root in the bass,
F sharp, A sharp, C sharp.
And then the third in the bass,
A sharp, C sharp, F.
And that's one four one.
So you have two one four, one four four.
Now the fifth in the bass, C sharp,
four four two is the fingering.
C sharp, F sharp, A sharp.
So, F sharp major, one,
first inversion, second inversion.
[SOUND] Okay, now B major.
Two, one, four, that's the root,
the third and the fifth.
And then third, fifth and the root.
One, four, four.
And then, going back down for
the fifth in the bass.
F sharp, B, D sharp.
So, B major again.
Okay now open E.
E major.
Root position.
Open four, one.
E, G sharp, B.
First inversion with
the third in the bass.
Four, one, one is the fingering.
G sharp B, E.
And second version with fifth
in the bass is two, two, one.
B, E, G sharp.
No problem.
Now let's do A major.
We'll do it in second position here.
The root in the bass.
Two, one, four.
A, C-sharp, E.
And then the third in the bass,
one, four, four, C sharp, E, A.
And then finally, the fifth in the bass E,
A, C sharp, four, four, two.
There's two more now,
D major right across.
The root, third, and
the fifth, root position.
D, F sharp, A.
That's two, one, four.
The fingering.
And you'll go down for
the first inversion F sharp, A, D.
That's one, four, four.
And then we'll just do a four, four,
two, for the fifth in the bass.
That's A, D, F sharp.
Finally, G major.
Again close position, two,
one, four, one, four, four,
four, four, two, that's G,
B, D, that's root position,
first inversion, B, D,
G, one, four, four, and
four, four,
two which is second inversion D, G, B.
So that's all the major's arpeggios,
with their inversions.