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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Minor Arpeggios with Inversions

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Now we're gonna do the basic minor
arpeggios and
all the inversions, in all keys,
staying in the low part of the bass.
Again, the difference between a major
arpeggio and a minor arpeggio is
the minor is the root in the flatted
third of the scale, and the fifth.
Whereas, the major is the root in the
major third of the scale, and the fifth.
So now we're doing root flat three and
So, C minor sounds like this.
We're gonna do a closed version in
C minor.
We'll go one, four, three.
That's root position.
And then four, three, three.
Just for practice, I'm using
the third finger, four, three, three.
That's first inversion of the E flat,
G and C.
And then we'll go back down and
we'll play one, one,
four, for the fifth in the bass.
G, C, E flat.
First inversion.
And the second inversion.
Second inversion.
Fifth in the bass.
G, C, E flat.
Second inversion.
Okay, F minor.
One, four, three.
One four, three, that's the root position.
F, A flat, C.
And then we'll go four, three,
three again, for the first inversion.
Third in the bass.
A flat, C, F, and then we'll just do four,
four, one for the second inversion.
I'll do it a little differently.
Four, four, one.
That's the fifth in the bass,
C, F, A flat.
Moving on to B flat minor.
One, four, three.
That's E flat, D flat, F.
First root position.
Now, first inversion is D flat, F, B flat.
Again, four, three, three.
D flat, F, B flat, first inversion.
Now, second inversion is F,
B flat, D flat.
One, one, four.
So, B flat minor.
Okay, E flat minor.
Root position.
E flat, G flat, and B flat.
One, four, two.
And then, one, one.
That's two, one, one.
That's in the first inversion,
G flat, B flat, and E flat.
Two, one, one.
And then one, one, four.
That's B flat, E flat, and G flat.
That's second inversion.
And moving on to A flat minor.
Four, two, one.
That's root position.
A flat, C flat, and E flat.
And then, easily we just stay right there.
We go two, one, one.
That's first inversion.
C flat, E flat, and A flat.
and then one, one, four, for
the second inversion.
E flat, A flat, and C flat.
Fifth in the bass.
Okay now, D flat minor.
Four, two one, or even better, one, four,
three, and we'll be in position for
the next thing.
So one, four, three,
that's D flat, F flat, A flat,
and then four, two, four, three, three.
That's F flat, A flat and
D flat for the first inversion.
So we have one, four,
three, four, three, three.
And then we'll go one, one,
four, for the second inversion.
A flat, E flat, F flat.
So D flat minor looks like this.
F sharp minor now.
One, four, three.
That's F sharp, A, C sharp.
And then four, three, three.
First inversion, A, C sharp, F sharp.
And then we'll go one, one, four.
C sharp, F sharp, A.
And that's second inversion
with the fifth in the bass.
Now B minor.
One, four, three.
B Minor.
One, four, three, root position.
Now the first inversion.
Which would be D, F sharp, B.
We're talking about four, three, three.
And then we'll slide back down for the
second inversion, we'll play F sharp, B,
and D.
That's one, one, four.
Okay, now we're down to E minor, so we're
gonna play an open E, open, four, two.
E, G, B, that's root position.
First inversion, four, two, two.
That's G, B, E.
First inversion.
And second inversion, one, one, four.
That's B, E, and G.
Only two more left.
Here's A minor, A minor in root position.
Open, two, one.
And that's root position, A, C, E.
Then first inversion,
C, E, A, two, one, one.
Second inversion, E, A, C.
So that's kind of an open to start and
then it closes up.
Okay, D minor, the last one here.
One, four, three.
And then we're gonna go down.
One, four, four.
So, one, four, three.
That's D, F, A.
Root position.
And then third in the bass,
first inversion.
F, A, D, first inversion.
And then second inversion, A, D, F.
Three, four, one.
Last one, G minor.
G minor, one, four, three,
four, three, three.
I'm sorry, one, four,
three, four, three, three.
And then one, one, four.
So G, B flat, D, that's root position.
And then four, three, three,
that's first inversion.
And then one, one, four.
You can also do this too.
You can go one, four, three, and then go
two, one, one, and then one, one, four.
I like that actually, try that.
One, four, three, two, one, one.
One, one, four.
So, the root position is one, four, three.
First inversion is two, one, one.
Second inversion is one, one, four.
E flat.
G, B flat, D.
B flat, D, G.
D, G, B flat.
G minor.
Okay, that's your minors, your basic
arpeggios and all their inversions.