the Basic Pattern for Bass

Here we cover one basic blues pattern. We’ll focus less on theory and a little more on the left hand mechanics.

Again, use the middle finger of your fretting hand to “anchor” the root notes of each chord in the blues progression. This makes it easy to “move” a pattern around the neck so you can play in any key. With the root note under your middle finger, the four-fret span in a typical blues will literally be right under your fingers…

basic blues bass pattern 1

basic blues bass pattern 1

This example uses the key of G, with the root note at the 3rd fret of the E string, place your fretting hand middle finger there to start the progression.

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