Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PLAYING A 1,4,5 CHORD PROGRESSION ON A BASS GUITAR

PLAYING TO A 1,4,5 CHORD PROGRESSION



Many songs use nothing more then a 1,4,5 chord progression, so as a bass player, you will have to know not nly what a 1,4,5 chord progression is, but how to quickly find the notes on your bass fretboard.  A 1,4,5 chord progression is simply the three chords the guitar player will be moving between.  But how do you, as a bass player, know what those chords are?

Say the guitar player says he's going to be playing a 1,4,5 chord progression in the key of A.  The three chords he will be moving around from will be the A chord, the D chord, and the E chord.  Finding the chords, in any key, is as easy as counting to 1, 4, 5.  Here is how it works.  1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C, 4 = D, 5 = E.  So the 1,4,5 chords are 1/A, 4/D, and 5/E.
So what if he wants to play in the key of G?  G now becomes you 1 chord.  So start counting up from G.  1 = G, 2 = A, 3 = B, 4 = C, 5 = D.  So now you know how to find the chords within a 1,4,5 chord progression.

Now to find a simple pattern to apply this quickly to our bass guitar fret board.  Lucky for us, there is such a pattern, and it is movable, meaning once you learn the pattern, you can quickly move it up and down the fret board.  Here is the pattern.
Say the pattern we want is the key of A, on your low E string, the root note of the A chord is found at the 5th fret.  So there is our 1 chord.  Now for the 4 chord root note, stay on the same fret, just move down one string, there is your 4 chord root note, the D note.  Now for the 5 chord root note, simply move up two frets, that is your 5 chord root note or E note.  Here is an example of what this looks like in tab;

____A note____________D note__________E note__________
g____________________________________________________
d____________________________________________________
a____________________5___5___5___5___7___7___7___7___
e____5___5___5___5___________________________________


Now let's move the same pattern for the 1,4,5 chord progression to the key of g;

__G note______________C note___________D note___________
g______________________________________________________
d______________________________________________________
a____________________3___3___3___3____5___5___5___5____
e____3___3___3___3____________________________________


Now let's move our 1 chord down a string, in the key of D now.   Remember, the entire pattern is movable.


g______________________________________________________
d____________________5___5___5___5____7___7___7___7____
a____5___5__5___5______________________________________
e______________________________________________________

Lesson two will show how to apply octaves to these notes.

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