bass notes in guitar chords

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Mamakin34, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. Mamakin34


    Mar 22, 2004
    Hey mike,
    Just one quick question. How do u know which bass notes (Other then the obvious root notes) can be played with what guitar chords. Is there an easy way to figure this out, or maybe a website that tells you. Thanks
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    you need to learn how to play the arpeggios (notes of a chord, played one at a time) of each kind of chord (major, minor, augmented, diminished as well as all the 7th chords). There are just a few types of chords. For three note chords (triads) there are 4 basic chords: major, minor, diminshed and augmented (as well as some minor chords (sus)

    For 7th chords (4 note chords) you have a few more: Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7, Diminshed 7, half diminshed 7, Sus 7, Augemented 7.

    Each chord is built in intervals of thirds. Different combination of major third and minor third intervals create the chords. Becuase 7th chords have more notes, they have more chord choices. Any basic Bass book will have this info. Check out for some great info