chord shapes for a 4 string bass

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

  1. 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?
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007

    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.
  4. +1 on the first book(Jonas Hellborg)- great stuff. Lost my copy. :atoz:
  5. 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
    I just ordered that book (Chord Bassics Bass Chord Book) DarkStrike recommended right now and was only $5.26 U.S.
    Looks interesting.
  7. kcamsdog1387


    Jun 22, 2009
    Seacoast NH
  8. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Here's some:


  9. JTE

    JTE Gold 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.

  10. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    +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.
  11. 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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. JTE

    JTE Gold 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.

  15. 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
  16. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    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