Chords System – Bass

Just to explain a little more about the “Red” bass notes.

Normally you would play the bass with the root key. E.g. the chord Cmaj, would have the bass at the Key “C”.

However, in order to add some more depth to a chord progression you can use other keys in the scale e.g. the 9th or 11th and use that as a bass note at a lower octave. I have many such chord progressions in my charts included in the package.

A simple progression is below.

If we play using the scale of C then the Bass root would normally be “A” and “F”. However the red indicates to play “D” and “G” instead. These notes should be played at an octave lower than the chord itself.

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11 thoughts on “Chords System – Bass”

    1. mm

      You don’t have to use them all the time, they are just optional to add more depth to the chord. You can still simply use the Bass in the normal position. If you are playing in a group, you will need to let the bass player know what going on. Bass players will tend to look at your left hand to find the bass key.

    1. mm

      In general the 11th key works well as a bass for a minor chord.
      The 9th works well for a major chord.
      However it often depend what the rest of the progression is. I often mix bass note, some root position, and some inverted like my examples. Be careful of clashing with other melodies too.

  1. … I found the answer in one of your previous tuts…

    The blue chords are borrowed chords, however what makes them different from the green is that they are not keys in the given scale. You can find the correct chord by counting half steps from root using the number indicated inside the bracket e.g. (-2) means count 2 half steps backwards from the root.

    1. mm

      I am glad you understand. It may not be clear to all so I will continue using example of them in future videos. Even for Jam style sessions.

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