Chords for 4 string bass

Are you ready for our next 12 week course to start? well before that happens we’ve got one more member requested lesson for this two week break between semesters. This one’s all about chords for the 4 string bass. We hope you dig the new look of the site, and that you’re finding plenty of videos that you haven’t seen before!

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Odd Meters – 7/4 Groove – Part 2

If you haven’t checked out part one of this lesson yet you can see Odd Meters – 7/4 Groove – Part 1 here. Whether you’ve been playing in odd meters your whole life, or you’ve never done it before, there’s something for everyone in this lesson. Starting with some basic ideas for internalizing the time, and then using a few simple harmonic devices to navigate through the chord changes, you’ll be up and running playing in 7 in no time at all!

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Odd Meters – 7/4 Groove – Part 1

Whether you’ve been playing in odd meters your whole life, or you’ve never done it before, there’s something for everyone in this lesson. Starting with some basic ideas for internalizing the time, and then using a few simple harmonic devices to navigate through the chord changes, you’ll be up and running playing in 7 in no time at all!

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Minor Chord Inversions

Simple inversions of minor chords can be so effective, and I’ve recently started working on creating chord sequences and arpeggiated lines by employing some simple harmonic techniques. In this lesson I take a minor chord in it’s three positions (root, 1st, and 2nd) and also a major chord which is the 5 of the key also in it’s three inversions.

You’ll notice my dyslexia kicking in in several places in this video. I was going to shoot the whole thing over again, but the actually playing and content was captured really well I thought so I recommend listening to the music and notes way more than my talking! It’s nothing major in terms of verbal mistakes, but there are a few places where I give the wrong names for a couple of chords. But the basis of all of these lessons is listening! and the more you can listen to these shapes and sounds and pick them up by ear the better!

Check out part two of this video when it’s released to see how I incorporate these ideas into my practice routine, and then develop them into compositions.

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Mike Brecker ii-v-i Exercise


Here’s an ideal way to give yourself more fluidity soloing over bass chords (which I suggest you put into a looper to give yourself a killer backing track to work with) with chord tones over a ii-v-i with this idea from Michael Brecker. I heard this on a bootleg of a clinic he was giving in the 80’s in Italy, and thought it would make for some great material to add to my practice routine. I hope you can incorporate it in yours, and using bass chords, and these chord tones, you should be able to increase fluidity in no time!

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Playing Unconventional Changes

Here we look at a song I wrote many years ago and have been trying to learn how to play it ever since! it seemed like the perfect work study for some changes that aren’t that conventional in their sequence, and it gives you a look inside my process when working on something familiar but still quite challenging.

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