30 March 2009

Bass Run on I-IV-V Chord Progression

This week's lesson continues our series on bass runs over open chords. In previous lessons we saw how bass runs can be created using chromatic movement or the major scale with simple two-chord examples.

This week's lesson takes this knowledge and applies it to a complete three-chord example. The example shows a I-IV-V progression that could be the verse of a song. The example is in the key of A major and uses the A, D and E major open chords.

Time to get picking, so here's the example tab (you can download a print-friendly version).





The example uses major chord runs between the A and D chords in the first four bars. In the sixth bar we walk down the major scale to the root of the open E chord on the sixth string.

The first time around you play the chromatic run shown in the eighth bar to lead back to the A major chord in bar one. You can repeat this run as many times as you wish. At the end of the song, you can finish by strumming the A major chord only once and letting it ring.

The strumming pattern on the chords is kept deliberately simple to focus on the bass runs. Feel free to create your own chord strum patterns between the bass runs to make the example more interesting.

Next week we'll take a look at another complete chord progression using a minor chord. Have fun with this example in the meantime.

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