Tuesday, March 8, 2016

HOW TO PLAY OCTAVES ON A BASS GUITAR



PLAYING OCTAVES ON A BASS


In the first lesson I covered playing the root of the chord that the guitar player is playing.  In this lesson, we will expand our sound options by covering octaves and moving those octaves to different positions along the bass fret board.  If you have never played octaves before, I think you will find this pretty cool.
Just like in the roots lesson, we will assume the guitar player is playing a 1,4,5 chord progression in the key of A.  Here is one example of what we could play, using octaves.

___A octave notes____D octave notes______E octave notes_____
g_____________________________7___7___________9___9____
d____________7___7_____________________________________
a____________________5___5____________7___7____________
e____5___5_____________________________________________

The octave pattern should be clear.  To play an octave using this pattern, play any rot note, go down two strings, and over two frets, that is where the octave to the root note is that you just played..  Down two, over two, pretty simple, yet a move that opens up our tone options.  And this pattern is movable, so you can play the shape anywhere on the bass fret board.
Now let's look at another pattern, this one is not movable, since it uses an open note. 

___A octave notes_____D octave notes_____E octave notes___
g____________________________7___7___________________
d____________7___7___0___0___________________________
a____0___0___________________________________7___7___
e____________________________________0___0___________

Another pattern you can play around with using octaves is this example below, playing the octave on the same string, 12 frets apart.

_A octave notes__________D octave notes____E octave notes__
g_____________________________________________________________
d_______________________0___0___12___12_______________________
a____0___0___12___12__________________________________________
e__________________________________________0___0___12___12____


Playing around with these octaves, you can come up with all kinds of patterns, here is one more using faster 8th notes;

A octaves_______________D octaves________E octaves___
g____________________________________________________________
d______________________0_0_0_0_0_0_0_12______________________
a___0_0_0_0_0_0_0_12_________________________________________
e_________________________________________0_0_0_0_0_0_0_12___

In my next lesson on free bass guitar lessons I will show you how to quickly and easilyy know what notes to play with a 1,4,5 chord progression.

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