Question about chord changes.....(formerly pick or fingers)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by d8g3jdh, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Haha, kidding. that was just to see how many people actually read this post and how many post based on the title.

    Anyways, my real question is about chord changes. i dont really understand them. anyone know of any good sites or classic rock songs that explain/have examples of them? or even better, anyone wanna bother explaining them to me?

    god im dumb...
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    What do you want to know about chord changes?

    And I'm changing the thread title, you'll get more responses if people know beforehand what the thread is about.......

    Chris A. :rolleyes: :bassist:
  3. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    i thought it was funny

    anyways, im confused as to what they mean. i mean, if i play a bassline that goes G C A C, is that 4 chord changes right there, or are chord changes on a larger level, like if i play that line 8 times and then move it up a fifth to D G E G (i think thats right) is that one chord change? or am i completely off?

    I basically have no idea what they are, how they work or how they apply to bass. :help:
  4. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    First: A chord is defined by at least three notes, e.g., C major includes the notes C, E, and G. So, the bassist is not generally playing chords, but rather notes which are [usually] IN the chord.

    Second: Because you are not playing chords, you may play several different notes in succession over the same chord.

    Third: When the chord changes, your note, depending on the note and the chord, may or may not change.

    It's all about context. In your example of the notes G-C-A-C, the chords may actually follow your roots, i.e., the chords themselves may be G, C, A (or Am), and C, OR - you may be playing those notes over, say, an Am chord.

    Got it?
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  6. Osprey


    Jun 20, 2005
    That was the most useful post, for length, ever.
    Seen that, not this.
    TalkBass blows me away sometimes.