Country bass lines/chords

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Bio-Bassist, May 21, 2012.


  1. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    I dunno if this is true about all country bass but i heard there was a lot of chord usage in it but I just wanna find some cool examples, i haven't really been open towards country bass lines, but since im expanding my horizons with chords that im looking for some more examples.
    And this is a side note, but does anyone know who this and play for, but he plays a 6 string bass and he plays for some dude, but i can't remember who it is
     
  2. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    bump
     
  3. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33

    Jan 27, 2010
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Not really a lot of chords, no. Arpeggios, yes.
     
  4. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    thanks for clearing that up! now i just need to find out who that guy is!
     
  5. Whoa, dude. Total run-on sentence there, hard to read.

    Can you give us any more clues as to who you are talking about? Just telling us that he plays a six string and plays for some guy doesn't really narrow it down very much...
     
  6. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Texas
    BioMan, I'm in Texas and we have lots of that sort here.
    Do you have a song or artist name?

    There are a lot of multi-stringers in "country" and "Tejano" music and every once in a blue moon you might hear a two-note chord.
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I-V, I-V, I-V, I-V, II-V, II-V, II-V, II-V, I-V, I-V, IV-I, IV-I, I-V, I-V, V-II, V-II, V.

    That's pretty much it.
     
  8. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    I dunno if it was Oteil, he doesnt play much country, but he was a black dude, just being blatant! but i cant really narrow down more then that, he played for an artist that is just known by their name, like Toby Keith or Brad Paisely
     
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Maybe Keith Horne? He's played with Trisha Yearwood, Waylon Jennings, Ricky Van Shelton and others.
     
  10. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Don't know if Allman Bros. would be considered country but here ya go:

     
  11. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    Munjibunga- i think that maybe him
     
  12. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33

    Jan 27, 2010
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Well, Keith Horne is definitely not a black guy, but he is a pretty accomplished player. He's the only bassist I've ever seen that got a slap solo in the middle of a country show.
     
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Does Willie Weeks ever play a six?
     
  14. Bio-Bassist

    Bio-Bassist

    Jan 17, 2011
    I dunno
     
  15. Not going to whoever that might have been.
    If you want to play old country it's follow the chords, play root on 1 and 5 on 3. Then move to the next chord using a chromatic run.

    Chromatic run: Target the next root, miss it by three frets, above or below, then walk to the next root one fret per beat. Be on it for the chord change.

    Have fun.
     
  16. bogie1519

    bogie1519

    Feb 25, 2012
    Beaumont Tex
    Just keep at it and practice. A lot will say country bass is boring
    and it's the same 3 chords over and over but it's really not.
    Listen to every country song you can find. 2/4 3/4 4/4
    And any country swing with a walking bass line..

    first lesson in country it's not what you play but what you don't play jmo.............
     
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