New bass player question

Discussion in 'Ask Doug Johns' started by n2877, Feb 18, 2013.


  1. n2877

    n2877

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    if the chord in a part of a song is G/B do i play the G or the B on the bass? Thanks for any help:)
  2. xabicho

    xabicho Supporting Member

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    The meaning is that is a G chord (G, B, D, over B) where B is the 3rd of the chord and this is the effect that the composer want. In classical music we called this as a G chord in first inversion very common use in Jazz.
  3. xabicho

    xabicho Supporting Member

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    So you play the B
  4. KristinBidwell1

    KristinBidwell1

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    Yup, you would want to play the B as the first note for that measure, thats what the composer is asking for. It's helpful to know that the chord is a G chord and not a B chord because that tells you what other notes are diatonically available (G, B, D). If the chord were a B chord, the chord would be structured using the notes B, D#, F#. So given that this is a G/B chord, it tells you that you should use notes in the G chord but begin with B, if you chose to add more notes, other than B, to your bass line. Hope this helps!
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