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Jazz Bass Lessons: String Names

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Now I'd like to discuss
the string names on the bass.
We have a low E.
We have an A string.
A D.
And finally a G string.
You can use a little phrase
to remember that by.
And I would say, eat at Doug's grill.
E, A, D, and G.
I'd like to also cover a little bit about
some basic building blocks of music.
First of all, the alphabet for music.
Let's start on C, because the key of
C is the key without any sharps or
flats, and we'll talk about that
later in the theory section.
But notes are the pitches we play.
That's a note.
This is a note.
When you group notes together
eight at a time, we get scales.
And if we start with the most
basic scale in music, the C scale.
We have a root.
They call that the root,
the first note of the scale.
The second note of the scale.
That's a whole step,
we call that a whole step.
Then we have another whole step.
Then we have a half step.
Listen to the difference between
the whole step and the half step.
The whole step
and then the half step
and then another whole step
and then another one.
Another whole step again.
And then a half step.
We're also gonna be talking about the
distance between these notes later on and
it's called intervals, and we're gonna
cover that in the theory section.
So we have notes, we have scales,
groupings of notes.
And finally, we have triads, or chords.
And that's when you sound three
different notes of the scale together,
and it makes up a chord.
And generally, the easiest way to look at
that is, we skip [SOUND] from the root.
We skip the second note,
and we play the third note with the root.
That's the first note and
the third note of the scale, and
then we add the fifth note and
we have a triad.
In addition to triads and
scales, we have arpeggios.
Arpeggios are when we take
the notes in the triad or chord and
we play them separately.
And it sounds like this.
This is a C major arpeggio.