16 March 2009

G and C Chord Major Scale Bass Runs

Last week's bass run lesson introduced you to the use of the major scale to create bass runs between open chords. In this lesson you'll learn another major scale bass run example in the key of G. The lesson will give you some practice with open G and C chords whose root are not on an open string.

Here's the tab for the example, it's described in detail below (you can download a free PDF version of the lesson with easy to read tab).



If you followed last week's lesson you'll remember that notes in major scale bass runs are separated by whole or half steps according to the major scale formula:

Whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step.

In the example the 2nd and 3rd of the G major scale lead to the root note of the C chord (the 4th in G major). The major scale formula for these notes gives us whole step, half step.

On the first C to G chord change you walk back down the 3rd and 2nd notes to the root G note at the start of bar five. The descending formula gives us a whole step, whole step here.

For the second change from C to G in bar eight we walk up to the G note, using the 6th and 7th of the major scale. Notice that the formula is the same – whole step, half step – as the one on the 2nd and 3rd notes leading to the C chord.

As usual, practice the example slowly and focus on playing accurately.

That concludes this lesson on easy beginner bass runs. You can download a free PDF version of the lesson with easy to read tab and an extra bonus example.

Next time we'll take a look at how to construct bass runs on more chord changes. In the meantime, you can catch up on other bass runs lessons by following the links below.


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