Electric Bass: Advanced

Bass Advanced: Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: A Major (Transposable, Version 3)

  • Technique: Fills

  • Repertoire: Your Cheatin’ Heart

Summary

This week learned the third transposable major scale in A major, starting on the pinky which is the final transposable major scale that you will need with bass. Being comfortable with a combination of all three major transposable scales will give you a lot of freedom in crafting your own bass lines and being flexible with chord changes in different positions. We also learned the changes to the Hank Williams song Your Cheatin’ Heart and added the Root-5 bass lines (with the lower 5th) to the whole song. We discussed the concept of fills which are short, melodic interjections that help you move from chord change to chord change more elegantly. The fill we learned was going from the C major chord do the F Major chord (I to IV) by walking up the major scale. It’s a one measure fill played one measure before the F chord in quarter notes (C, C, D, E) to move towards the root of the F chord on the next downbeat.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the one octave transposable A Major scale up and down.
Comfortably play through your Cheatin’ Heart with Root-5 bass lines.
Comfortably play the first phrase of Your Cheatin’ Heart with the I-IV major scale walk up fill.

How to Practice this at home

Practice the A Major Scale by learning the finger patterns on each string.
Play the A Major Scale saying the notes out loud 3-5x
Play each phrase of Your Cheatin’ Heart with Root-5 bass lines 3-5x
Play all of Your Cheatin’ Heart with Root-5 bass lines 3x
Play the first phrase of Your Cheatin’ Heart with I-IV major scale walk up fill 3-5x

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Your Cheatin’ Heart Chart