Bass - A Arpeggio

This post for bass guitarists shows a movable arppegio pattern. The pattern shown here is a Major shape. The root note is identified by the diamond marker on the fretboard. It's on the D string of your bass. The note indicated as the root note is an A note. If you calculated backwards an octave of this note you'd be on the 5th fret of the E-string, a commonly played A note. But we're going a little more advanced than that for today's entry. The point here is that you can use that root note to move this arpeggio and use it behind chords other than A Major if you wish.

Play each note individually starting on the thick E string and working your way across the fretboard (ignore the faded note for now). If you're new to this you're going to have to train yourself in a whole lot of new skills such as stretches, barring notes with one finger and smoothly playing across the strings. All of those a lessons to be discussed another time.

As you play through this pattern you'll notice that there's five notes to this arpeggio. That can create an usual feel, especially seeing that the majority of music is in 4/4 time. Still with a little practice you could work this into part of your bass playing - perhaps using a style like this to start a bar, or end a chord progression.

To makes things easier here's some suggestions: If you are playing the arpeggio as shown here you are in A Major. The note indicated on the thinnest string is an E. After that note you could add the 14th note of your G-string to round this off nicely. That's an A note. Or... you could slide up to the 14th from your E note.

Now, the faded note. If you wanted to add at little atmosphere to your playing you could include that note as a played note (it's a D note for your reference). Or you could get even more stylish and slide or hammer from that note onto the E note.

Ok, cats, have fun working on this bass arpeggio.

Bass Major Arpeggio

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