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chord shapes for a 4 string bass

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by thehangingmist, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. thehangingmist

    thehangingmist

    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
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    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    is there any website or anything which shows the various chord shapes for a 4 string bass??
    i know the basic major and minor chords but not many more. knowing the inversions and all sorts of chords could help:)

    something like this but for bass guitar instead? http://www.fretjam.com/guitar-chord-theory-5.html
     
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    http://www.music123.com/Music-Sales-Chord-Bassics-Bass-Chord-Book-900015-i1173014.Music123

    See if you can find this book Varun, its great, only way to improve it would be a section on applications/exercizes, but as is, its a fantastic chord library.
     
  3. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Check out Todd Johnson's new book "Fishin' for Grips". Todd plays six string, but I believe that this book was not just developed for six sting only. It is supposed to be a comprehensive book for grips on the bass.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=546051
     
  4. +1 on the first book(Jonas Hellborg)- great stuff. Lost my copy. :atoz:
     
  5. thehangingmist

    thehangingmist

    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
    Disclosures:
    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    it will take months for the book to reach me.. thats why am looking for something online. i dont mind paying for it
     
  6. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Ohio
    I just ordered that book (Chord Bassics Bass Chord Book) DarkStrike recommended right now and was only $5.26 U.S.
    Looks interesting.
     
  7. onlyclave

    onlyclave

    Oct 28, 2005
    Seattle
  8. Keldur16

    Keldur16

    May 7, 2009
    Tallahassee Fl
  9. kcamsdog1387

    kcamsdog1387

    Jun 22, 2009
    Seacoast NH
  10. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
  11. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Have you considered making your own? IMO that's a MUCH better learning tool. You gotta know what the notes in the chords are anyway, so sitting down and drawing your own diagrams will help you learn them a lot faster.

    John
     
  12. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Seattle
    +1 to JTE....again....

    my notebooks from way back when are filled with scale and chord charts I made myself. after making them, I rarely had to refer back, because by that time i'd learned it.
     
  13. SpawnofHastur

    SpawnofHastur

    May 23, 2009
    Although this example is for electric guitar, not bass, you can use it to extrapolate pretty much all the chords you could feel like wanting to play.

    http://web.mac.com/noshufuru/iWeb/Master Class/Master Class.html

    The method used by a man who learned to play guitar twice; it's based around modifying two chord forms in a way that ends up more or less generating all of the chord forms you could want.
     
  14. Rudreax

    Rudreax

    Jun 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    Yeah, you'd probably be better oof making your own, since it will help you more down the line. Although, unless you're using piccolo strings or something, you won't have all that much to worry about since chords in the first octave of the bass tend to sound muddy and unclear.
     
  15. thehangingmist

    thehangingmist

    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
    Disclosures:
    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    yeah thanks :rolleyes:
    almost all of the websites and images which show up arent helpful at all. there are some charts but they look more like scale/arpeggio charts rather than chords which can be moved and used anywhere on the neck. other than that they are all links to sell me books.

    yeah i have been learning/making my own mental diagrams of chord shapes but i thought a website or something which explains some what more would be really cool.
     
  16. thehangingmist

    thehangingmist

    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
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    MTD kingston international emerging artist
  17. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Well, here's the thing. That chart that jwbassman has in their post is the same stuff repeated over and over. Instead of that (and at least that one shows the roots), make a chart for yourself that shows the root, 3, and 5 pattern. And the 1 b3 5, etc. And phsycially draw it out instead of making a mental chart. That's a great exercise to make sure you have it down.

    jte
     
  18. thehangingmist

    thehangingmist

    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
    Disclosures:
    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    sometime back i stumbled upon a video or a webpage which explained that its the 3rd and the 7th which really give the chord its voice and the root and the fifth are so obvious that you can often just skip them! so that just gave me a whole lot of different chord shape ideas since i could forget about a note or two or maybe even go for an extension or play the 3rd an octave up so then it all got too much for me and i thought a book could help! :p
     
  19. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
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    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Start drawing your own, you'll learn better. Construct these

    Major: 1, 3, 5
    Minor: 1, 3b, 5
    Augmented: 1, 3, 5#
    Diminished: 1, 3b, 5b
    Suspended 2: 1, 2, 5
    Suspended 4: 1, 4, 5
    Major 7: 1, 3, 5, 7
    Minor 7: 1, 3b, 5, 7b
    Dominant 7: 1, 3, 5, 7b
    Half-Diminished 7: 1, 3b, 5b, 7b
    Diminised 7: 1, 3b, 5b, 7bb
    Minor-Major 7: 1, 3b, 5, 7
    Augmented Major 7: 1, 3, 5#, 7
    Augmented 7: 1, 3, 5#, 7b
    Add(#): Take any triad and add a note (not the 7th and not one already contained in the chord) to it. Usually add9, add11, etc
     



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