Bass Chords

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Lowner, May 14, 2005.

  1. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    Im fairly new to playing bass. I'm a guitar player also. I know that there are chords for the guitar. Are there chords for bass as well. Where can I go online to finds out about them? How do I play them??
  2. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    You're going to have to spread your left hand a little further than you're used to. Listen to Noel Redding (bassist for Jimi Hendrix).
  3. A chord is any three or more notes played at the same time, so of course you can play chords on bass. Just stay relatively high on the neck or it'll sound very muddy.
  4. I picked up a bass chord book by Jonas Helborg in the 80s.
    I mainly use it to figure out cool arpeggio-type stuff, since I don't play chords much. Just the odd power chord to really punch through the mix.
    I saw a bass chord grimoire book at Borders the other day. It was huge.
  5. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    This is a great question for MIKE DIMIN. He has a TB forum in "Ask a Pro". He has a lesson book called "The Chordal Approach". He does amazing arrangements of tunes for solo bass. You will hear basslines, chords, and melody all at the same time. It's really amazing. Check out his website He also has some lessons on

    Let me know how this works out for you.