4 March 2009

Open G and C Chord Chromatic Bass Run

This post continues a series on beginner bass runs started last week. In the first article, Beginner Guitar Open Chord Bass Runs, we learned what a bass run is and introduced the idea of chromatic bass runs.

Chromatic bass runs use notes on adjacent frets. They are an easy way to start as the right notes are easy to find - they are right next to each other.

This lesson is going to give you another example between G and C chords to give you more practice with this kind of bass run.

Two Chord Example

In this lesson you'll play a simple two-chord progression back and forth between the G and C chords. If you are familiar with chord progressions then you will recognize that this could be a I - IV progression in the key of G, or a I - V progression in the key of C.

Right, now on to the example. First off is a tab diagram for the exercise shown below, this example will use eighth notes for the bass run. Count the beats "one and two and three and four and" as you play.


Playing the Example

To play the G to C bass run in the second bar begin by strumming the G chord on beat one.

After the strum start the bass run on the A note of the open 5th string. Play this note on the "two", lift your finger off the 2nd fret to do this.

Now place the first finger on the first fret of this string and pick the Bb note on the 3rd beat.

For the last note of the run play the B note on the the 4th beat with your second finger.

Now change to an open C chord and play a bar of strumming on this chord. Then, after one more strum on the 1st beat of the bar, it's off to the next bass run.

This time the bass run starts on the open 6th string with the E note. Pick this note on the second beat.

Continue to walk up the 6th string one fret at a time on each beat to play the F and F# notes before you change chords and pick the G note on beat one of the next bar.

By now you should be getting the hang of creating chromatic bass runs with open chords. Learn how to play them between all the open chords and work them into the songs you play.

In the next article we'll be looking at some open chord bass runs that use scales to move from chord to chord.

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