A Box Shaped Blues Bass Pattern

Here’s a fun blues bass pattern, based on the Pentatonic Minor (blues) scale. It fits well under songs like “Rock Me Baby” by BB King and “Tore Down” by Eric Clapton.

In the video, I demonstrate the patterns for E based on the root note at the 7th fret of the A string.

Here is a diagram of the notes to clarify which notes to play. Remember to practice slowly, let the patterns sink in, both into your finger’s muscle memory and into your mind.

Blues "Box" shape on the bass fretboard

Blues Box fretboard pattern using Neck Diagrams’ software.

This pattern is a little tricky for the right hand, but once it gets into your hands and head, you can create your own licks based on it for rock, blues, pop, and country.

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Blues bass pattern number 1 demonstrated for key of G

Here’s a video demonstrating the basic blues bass pattern.

This example uses the key of G with a basic shuffle drum rhythm.

Watch and play along, the captions will help guide you to each chord in the 12 bar blues progression.

Watch the video on this page…

Here’s a diagram of the basic blues bass pattern that is applied in the video:

basic blues bass pattern 1

basic blues bass pattern 1

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Basic blues bass pattern 1 video now uploaded

i’ve uploaded a new video for the first basic blues pattern example, see it here…

we build off the root note of each chord in the progression.

the easiest way to visualize the pattern, is to use the middle finger as the root on the fretting hand and build the pattern around it using the index and pinky fingers…

basic blues bass pattern 1

basic blues bass pattern 1

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Blues Progression – A Root Notes Primer

Here we take a look at the root notes of the blues progression – the I, the IV and the V (1,4,5) chords – and how they lay out on the fretboard.

It’s good practice to use the middle finger of the left hand for each root note.

Wherever you place your middle finger root, the IV chord will be on the next string below it at the same fret, and the V chord, two frets up from that. Basically, the relationship of the root notes stays the same in the blues.

So you can use your middle finger to cover each root note, and use the root note pattern to guide you where to put the rest of your fingers on the fretboard. If you can count out loud “1,2,3,4…” while playing each note, it will help you to grasp the concepts better.

Here’s a sample diagram showing the key G:

diagram of the root note pattern for 12 bar blues bass in the key of G

diagram of the root note pattern for 12 bar blues bass in the key of G

Here’s another sample diagram transposing to the key Bb:

diagram of the root note pattern for 12 bar blues bass in the key of Bb

diagram of the root note pattern for 12 bar blues bass in the key of Bb

Here’s the video demonstration:

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Welcome bass players and other musicians!

Welcome to 12barbluesbass.com!

We’re going to look at some common 12 bar blues patterns and rhythms, and apply them to the bass guitarist’s role in the music mix.

I’ll demonstrate using video so you can see what I’m doing, which you can then duplicate easily enough.

Whether you’re just getting started on the bass guitar, or are a guitarist having to fill in at the local jam session, or just need to lay down some blues bass lines for practice for yourself, keep coming back to 12barbluesbass.com and study with us!

 

Equipment notes:
I’m using a couple of short-scale Fender Squire bass guitars, a Hartke bass amp, Monster cables, a Korg PB-01 pedal tuner, as well as an Alesis SR-16 drum machine.
For the video production, I am using the Canon Rebel T3i, a Yamaha EMX512c mixer/amp, and Shure microphones.
I use Neck Diagrams for the fretboard graphics.
Thanks!

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