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Electric Bass Lessons: Major and Minor Arpeggios Triads

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So now let's talk about chords.
Since it is the bass guitar, we do have
the ability to play chords,
however, since we're in the low register,
the chords sound a little bit,
maybe muddier and not so pronounced, as
they do on the guitar.
And as you can see if we play the C major
Just a little bit,
a little bit muddy, not too much.
And if we played the C minor chord.
It's still a little bit low.
So, the way we get around that is
playing the individual notes at a time or
arpeggiating the chords.
So, when we play the arpeggiated chord, it
sounds more like this.
And the minor.
The major.
And there's the minor.
So by playing them
a single note at a time, we can definitely
outline the chord a little.
Make it sound a little clear and for
instance, if we were to combine the major
and the minor in the little chordal
exercise, it would be something like.
That's the minor.
Here's the Major.
So if I were to create a little
exercise that I could incorporate both of
them and it sounded musical.
I might do something like,
so that's a little.
More music speaks
There's the minor
Here's the major.
Now there's another minor.
There's a major
So back to the first major.
To the minor.
Another minor.
To the major.
That's basically what an arpeggio is.
And obviously,
we wanna have as much in our arsenal as
So, I highly recommend learning arpeggios.
And now I'd like to show you a couple of
arpeggios in the major,
minor and major seventh.
So the C-major triad, is this.
And that's the chord.
Here's the arpeggio.
So, when I'm doing exercises for
the C major arpeggio, I'm doing things
like starting on the G.
So you can hear the chord but
you can hear the individual notes and it
just makes it a lot cleaner.
[COUGH] Same thing can be applied to the
minor chord.
So here's the minor.
And there's so many different ways you can
arpeggiate and change the order of the
notes and the shapes.
So I'm just basically alternating between
a minor chord, to a major minor, then to a
up to a major chord, another major chord.
So you can see, the more of these you
have, under your fingers,
the more you can create lines that may
incorporate arpeggios, or.
What I like to do is just create little
songs that have, have those in them.
Again when I start with the major, say
we're in the key, the B major,
start with the major arpeggio.
Like at the octave.
Already, that sounds like a song.
But it's just an exercise
So the bass doesn't have
to be limited to just playing, like most
people think, the root and the fifth.
Come up with your own exercises and
arpeggios, as a matter of fact,
send me some.