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Electric Bass Lessons: Tears in Heaven

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[MUSIC]
So,
lots of times, I'm trying to figure out
actually how to arrange a song.
Especially some pop songs that instead of
just playing bass,
I could again make more of a chord melody
at it.
One of the songs that I really love that I
did play on the original record is
the Eric Clapton classic Tears in Heaven.
And it's such a lyrical piece, again this
is in the key of A major,
so I want to invite you to go over again
the tenths
[INAUDIBLE] that will be the basis for our
arrangement.
And I'll just see what I can come up with,
I haven't really preplanned or
rehearsed any arrangement but I do love
playing chord melodies on the bass.
So the first thing I'm going to do is warm
up on the A major scale using the tenths.
And again, going over the tenth is just
the third of an octave.
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So if we counted, one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
That's how we arrive at a ten.
So, remember that scale we practiced?
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And the reason I like to practice those
scales is, it's a musical exercise and
already it gave me an idea for
some of the chords I could use for the
Tears in Heaven piece where it.
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That's basically just coming
down the scale, so we have.
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I changed this note
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So far we're using all the notes the same
notes that we used in our scale of tenths.
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Now we're back at the top.
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And again I can change that
progression to go.
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So many different ways around.
So as I'm arranging it I'm trying to come
up with maybe a couple of little different
twists and turn that you haven't really
heard on the original record and
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I'm still learning.
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That's a minor 7 arpeggio.
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So I'd like you
to take a shot at coming up with an
arrangement for either that or
one of your favorite songs, chord melody
for the bass.
[MUSIC]
So here's Tears in Heaven, and keep in
mind that if you,
have a singer, then this works equally as
well as if you don't, so
we're kind of, trying to play a chord
melody at the same time.
Keeping the bass and the bottom notes in
there so it, it,
it keeps, it keeps you on your toes for
sure.
[SOUND] We'll use, click at 65 beats per
minute.
Here we go.
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[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
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