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Bass Lessons — 12 Bar Blues Lesson bass tabs

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There are 3 Blues patterns in bass playing. They each consist
of three different root notes.

*Pattern 1
The 1st root is on the E string 5th fret. The 2nd root is on the A
string 5th fret. And the 3rd root is on the A string 7th fret.

*Pattern 2
The 1st root is on the A string 7th fret. The 2nd root is on the E
string 7th fret. And the 3rd root is on the E string 5th fret.

*Pattern 3 (Only Used When The Pattern Uses ALL FOUR STRINGS)
All roots start on the E string. The 1st root is the 2nd fret. The
2nd root is the 8th fret. And the 3rd root is the 10th fret.

To play a 12 bar blues... You find a certain pattern in a 4/4 beat.
You start the pattern on the first root and play 4 measures. Then
you go to the 2nd root and play 2 measures before returning back
to the 1st to play 2 measures. Then you play 1 measure each on the
3rd root, 2nd root, 1st root, and then to finish 1 measure on the
3rd root.

*Ex. of Pattern 1
G|————————|————————|————————|————————|
D|——7—5———|——7—5———|——7—5———|——7—5———| All on 1st root
(E string, 5th fret)
A|——————7—|——————7—|——————7—|——————7—|
E|5———————|5———————|5———————|5———————|

G|——7—5———|——7—5———|————————|————————|
D|——————7—|——————7—|——7—5———|——7—5———| First 2 measures on 2nd root (A string, 5th fret)
A|5———————|5———————|——————7—|——————7—| Second 2 measures on 1st root (E string, 5th fret)
E|————————|————————|5———————|5———————|

G|——9—7———|——7—5———|————————|——9—7———| First measure on 3rd root (A string, 7th fret)
D|——————9—|——————7—|——7—5———|——————9—| Second measure on 2nd root (A string, 5th fret)
A|7———————|5———————|——————7—|7———————| Third measure on 1st root (E string, 5th fret)
E|————————|————————|5———————|————————| Last measure on 3rd root (A string, 7th fret)

*Ex. of Pattern 2
G|——9—7———|——9—7———|——9—7———|——9—7———|
D|——————9—|——————9—|——————9—|——————9—| All on 1st root (A string, 7th fret)
A|7———————|7———————|7———————|7———————|
E|————————|————————|————————|————————|

G|————————|————————|——9—7———|——9—7———|
D|——9—7———|——9—7———|——————9—|——————9—| First 2 measures on 2nd root (E string, 7th fret)
A|——————9—|——————9—|7———————|7———————| Second 2 measures on 1st root (A string, 7th fret)
E|7———————|7———————|————————|————————|

G|————————|————————|——9—7———|————————| First measure on 3rd root (E string, 5th fret)
D|——7—5———|——9—7———|——————9—|——7—5———| Second measure on 2nd root (E string, 7th fret)
A|——————7—|——————9—|7———————|——————7—| Third measure on 1st root (A string, 7th fret)
E|5———————|7———————|————————|5———————| Last measure on 3rd root (E string, 5th fret)

*Ex. of Pattern 3
G|——4—————|——4—————|——4—————|——4—————|
D|————2———|————2———|————2———|————2———| First measure
on 1st root (2nd fret)
A|——————4—|——————4—|——————4—|——————4—|
E|2———————|2———————|2———————|2———————|

G|——10——————|——10——————|——4—————|——4—————|
D|—————8————|—————8————|————2———|————2———| First 2 measures on 2nd root (8th fret)
A|——————————|———————10—|——————4—|——————4—| Second 2 measures on 1st root (2nd fret)
E|8——————10—|8—————————|2———————|2———————|

G|———12———————|——10——————|——4—————|———12———————| First measure on 3rd root (10th fret)
D|——————10————|—————8————|————2———|——————10————| Second measure on 2nd root (8th fret)
A|—————————12—|———————10—|——————4—|—————————12—| Third measure on 1st root (2nd fret)
E|10——————————|8—————————|2———————|10——————————| Last measure on 3rd root (10th fret)

No matter what pattern you use, the order of the root notes never
change. The root order is always— 1,1,1,1,2,2,1,1,3,2,1,3.
I used a really simple pattern for each example (they probably
sound like crap) You can always throw your own pattern in there.
Also, try to throw in some eight and sixten notes. Triplets always
sound nice to.

—Jester

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