Applying Music Theory To Basslines

2017-10-26T15:56:31+00:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: Music Theory For Bass Guitar|17 Comments

This is a video intending to show how you can make use of some of the music theory I’ve covered in the Music Theory For Bass Guitar series in your own bass playing.

Remember to LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, SHARE THE POST (just click on your preferred social platform below) and then …

Sign Up To Talkingbass For FREE!

Join over 40,000 members and R.A.I.S.E your Bass Game Today!

FREE Ebook Downloads, Practice Tracks, Drum Tracks and MUCH MORE!

Join Now!!


  1. jay February 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Mark—really have been enjoying and getting a lot out of your lessons. I want to click the “like” button but for your lessons videos I don’t see one to click. Appreciate your help.

  2. Andrew CHUNG February 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Such a good lessen! Thanks!!

    • admin March 7, 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot Andrew.

  3. Frederik Van Duuren February 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Mark, great job… again 🙂

    do you happen to have some GP5 files instead of pdf?


    • admin March 7, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot. Don’t have any GP5 files at the moment because a lot of the music I’m presenting is best presented in standard notation. I only add the tab so non-reading players can also benefit from the lessons but I might look into the GP5 file format at some point. I don’t really have any experience with it.

      • MD Reneganse November 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        Hi Dear Mark
        All your materials are great.I have to thanks a lot for donating such a interesting and helpful lessons.
        having some GP5 format is also my request .because now I write all your staff in GP5 and then start to practice .specially for slap lessons which have more dead note and are faster.I slow down them and try with loop.but writing in GP5 wastes a lot of time.
        I would be grateful if you could add the file with the format of means when you write your note in your program after saving as PDF also save as MIDI format.its very easy then to import it to GP5 by us.
        It would be huge help to all users of your amazing site and lessons by your sweet teaching.
        once again wishes

      • Signup Free December 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

        If you enter a tab into Guitar Pro you can chose “Show Standard Notation” and it will show them in tab and standard notation. It’s a good software and there are also free Guitar Pro file readers (i.e TuxGuitar), so this would make sense for even those who can not afford to buy anything. Guitar Pro is cheap and let’s you also export the files into pdf. I suggest you take a look into it, since that would be helpful and it is really fast and easy to enter a tab into it, so perhaps you could even save some time.

        I love your videos and hope you will continue on with your great work.

  4. Klaus Ames March 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    thanks for all your lessons! Great material

  5. Walter October 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Mark thank for such good information . Mark I only have 5 string basses do I need to get a 4 string . Also would fender squire work ok . Also could share with me your amp , drums machine loop station or do you use some kind of computer software and PDF files . what is your rig rundown.
    Thank walter

    • Mark October 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Walter. No you don’t need to get a 5 string if you’re happy with your 4 string. Just try to apply anything I teach to all 5 strings. Learn the stuff on the EADG strings first and then expand. A Fender Squire would be fine. The Vintage Modified series is supposed to be a very, very good cheap bass.

      When you hear me playing on the lessons I don’t use and amp. I run straight into a digital recording unit. I have a small stage monitor speaker to monitor my playing but I don’t bother would a full rig setup. I occasionally use a Digitech Jamman looper, a TC electronic Flashback delay, Hall Of Fame Reverb and a Markbass Compressore. I recently sold some of my gigging amp setup. I used to use a rack setup of a Glockenklang Bass Art Preamp into a QSC power amp and then into a Schroeder 1212 cab. But I recently sold my Glock. It was amazing but now just want a smaller setup. As for writing music examples, I use Finale. I also have Sibelius but I’ve used Finale the longest so it’s always the one I go back to.

  6. chiqui raveloski February 5, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Mark, I will never look at music theory ever the same again after watching this vudeo. You have made the material very relevant and mist of all…fun. i have a long way to go. But, this lesson was a lightbulb moment for me. Thanks for everything you do.

  7. MARIO CABRERA May 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark i´ve enjoyed all this material eventhough i am an old bass player but without any notion of music theory. Your teaching is leading me to new horizons in my playing. i am sorry not to suscribe to premium level or otherwise donate a few bucks in order to recognize your job because i live in a country (Venezuela) where there´s a money control and nobody can freely buy dollars or euros and transfer it to other countries. Again i want to thank you for this videos and learning material

  8. Jules Rucci November 26, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hi Mark. . First time seeing your lessons ..Applying music theory to your bass lines .
    Very well done… One big major problem that I have is., that I can.t find any lessons
    Or books on , applying music theory to the real world. Understanding what all of this
    applies too ? Mayor, minor , dim, aug, 7th’ s , Modes . What style type of music
    Modes could be used for.. YOU COULD KNOW ALL THE THEORY IN THE WORLD
    I would like to know what you think about this matter…ALSO what kind of drum machine
    You use.. I’m looking to get one.. Please respond .. Thanks keep up the good lessons!


  9. favor ogbenna April 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark.Your lessons are changing my bass playing abilities. Thanks alot

  10. Luke Hunter May 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Mark, Great lesson. Can you point me to a lesson that explains the x’s in the notation of the PDF that accompanies this lesson, unless it would be easier to explain it in a reply? Still very new, but try to read the musical scores as well as the tabs.

    Luke Hutner

    • Mark Smith May 20, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      The x’s are ghost notes. Check out some of the Ghost Note lessons to find out more about them

  11. Dogus Karlik July 23, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Example 12 sounds and seems like Am(natural)9 to me. Am i wrong? Btw you are great. Keep up the good work!

Leave A Comment