PLAYING TO A 1,4,5 CHORD PROGRESSION
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
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.
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.
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.
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__________
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___________
Now let's move our 1 chord down a string, in the key of D now. Remember, the entire pattern is movable.
Lesson two will show how to apply octaves to these notes.