No.75 Important Chord Tones Exercise For Bass Guitar || Based on 2-1-5 Sequence

In this lesson I’m going to show you a
short but very important exercise to get you thinking about ChordTones and where they are on the bass guitar. This exercise is based on a 2-5-1
sequence in C major so the chords we use are D minor 7, C 7 and G 7. You’ll need to know the arpeggios of these three chords to really understand this exercise
properly and if you know the arpeggios, the notes that make up the arpeggios are
the chord tones. So we’ve got C7 arpeggio so that’s C E G Bb C and then
we’ve got D minor arpeggio so we’ve got D F A C D and then we’ve got G7 arpeggio which is G B D F and G, remember all those notes there are the chord tones of each chord. It’s also important for this
exercise that you can start the arpeggio starting on different inversions or
different intervals, for example with C7 we can start on E so we use the open
E and we just go up the arpeggio E G Bb C E G Bb C okay so that’s called an inversion when we start on a note other than the root note. If you
need more help with arpeggios and I’m going a bit quick for you then you might
want to look at my first video lesson on chord tones – that’s video lesson No.73
and I’ll put a card up here now, if you click on that, that will take you to the
lesson. So have a good look at the arpeggios and then come back to these
exercise. Both that lesson and this lesson come with a PDF of the exercises, you can get that below by clicking the link in the description and there are Tab
versions as well if you need those. We’ll go back to the exercise now so behind
the exercise the harmony or the chords are half a bar of D minor 7, half a
bar of C7 and a bar of G7 and that gives us our 2-5-1 in C major.
We then repeat that sequence again. Now the exercise starts on at a D minor 7
and we’re going to start with the lowest chord tone of D minor 7 that we’ve got on
the bass so, with a four-string bass that would be an F. So we play an F, we then look for the next chord tone of D minor 7 which is an A, the next one which is a C,
and the next one which is a D. So we’ve got………. and then we move on to C7 and
we’re looking for the next chord tone of C7 which is an E, and then we use the next three notes of
C7. Then we move on to G7 and we come down using all the chord tones of G7. So
the nearest one is a B natural and then we step down……… and we’ve run out there so we come back up again and that whole bar is just the chord tones of G7, and then we
step up again finding the next chord tone for D minor 7 which is an A. So I’ll
now play you the whole exercise…… The whole purpose of this exercise is to
get you away from thinking about looking at roots only, so when we look for the
next chord we don’t head for the root ,we head for the next chord tone that we can
find. Then when you’re playing bass lines, walking bass lines, if you’re doing solos,
creating fills, then you can take this idea over and that will give you some
more interesting lines. Start this exercise really slowly at first – the aim
isn’t to play this exercise perfectly at speed, the aim is to help you yourself
define the chord tones. So don’t get frustrated if it takes you say 20 ,30
seconds to find each chord tone, this process will speed up, so really the
whole idea is that you’re looking yourself for the next chord tone and
that will increase your understanding of harmony and where the chord tones are.
I’ll now leave the backing track running a few times at the end of the video and that
will give you a chance to practice yourself. Well I hope you enjoyed this
video, please leave any comments below, especially if you need any help and I’m
happy to help you and also can you like and share this video which really helps
me out. Make sure you download the free pdf which is in the description below, remember there’s a Tab version as well,
and you might want to head over to I’ve got a free Members
Area there and lots more bass resources. This is Greg from Greg’s Bass Shed, I’ll see you in the next lesson.

4 thoughts on “No.75 Important Chord Tones Exercise For Bass Guitar || Based on 2-1-5 Sequence

  1. Great lesson Greg (as always)-Thank you. What I particularly like is the way you show that you can go down in tone from the chord root note because I’m sure a lot of people think that, for example, the only major third of a chord is on the next thinnest string, one fret closer to the headstock.

  2. excellent lesson Greg , this looks a good way to increase fretboard knowledge as well , making you think of different ways to play the arpeggios all over . thanks .

  3. Excellent lesson for an advanced beginner to an intermediate bassist.  Sounds like IrealPro as a play along for chords, nice choice.  Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just been flagged up that the sequence for the video is actually 2-1-5 not 2-5-1. My mistake, a bit of a brain freeze on my part.

    The exercise is still good but just bear in mind that the sequence is 2-1-5.


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