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Bass Note Plus Strum

Once you’ve mastered theĀ basic strumming patterns, plucking the bass note and adding a strum pattern is the next step, which is what you’ll be learning in this lesson.

After you’ve mastered this lesson, add another note to the root note, and startĀ alternating between I and V!

Example #1

For the “C” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 3rd fret which is your “C” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Em” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 2nd fret which is your “B” note (5th note in the Em scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Am” chord, you start off by picking the open 5th string, which is the “A” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “G” chord, you start off by picking the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” root note, the follow with the whole chord.

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Example #2

For the “C” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 3rd fret which is your “C” root note, then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” note (5th note in the C scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Em” chord, you start off by picking the 5th string, 2nd fret which is your “B” note (5th note in the Em scale), then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the open 6th string, which is your “E” root note, then follow with the whole chord.

For the “Am” chord, you start off by picking the open 5th string, which is the “A” root note, then follow with the whole chord. Then pick the open 6th string, which is your “E” note (5th note in the Am scale), then follow with the whole chord.

For the “G” chord, you start off by picking the 6th string, 3rd fret which is your “G” root note, the follow with the whole chord.Then pick the 5th string, 2nd fret, which is your “B” note (3rd note in the G scale), then follow with the whole chord.

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Bass Guitar For The Total Beginner

This bass lesson was created with the total beginner in mind, so if you’re just picking up the bass guitar for the first time, this is the place to start!

Some topics covered are:

  • Tones and Semitones
  • Difference between 4 string and 5 string basses
  • Root notes
  • Basic fretboard knowledge

Remember, if you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments area below.

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