This lesson is the third in the Bass Improvisation Series that aims to provide an introduction to improvising for those just getting started.

This lesson deals with small 3 note phrases and how to get more mileage out of small 2 and 3 note fragments. This can involve breaking a 3 note phrase into three smaller 2 note phrases and also reversing the phrase and creating permutations smaller permutations.

3 Note Permutations

Starting On Root

131
135
137
151
153
157
171
173
175

Starting on 3rd:

313
315
317
351
353
357
371
373
375

Starting on 5th:

513
515
517
531
535
537
571
573
575

Starting on 7th:

713
715
717
731
735
737
751
753
757

Backing Tracks

C Augmented Triad

 

C Diminished Triad

 

C Major Triad

 

C Minor Triad

 

C7

 

C7#5

 

CDim7

 

Cmin(maj7)

 

Cm7

 

Cm7b5

 

Cmaj7

 

Cmaj7#5

 

Am7

 

Bbm7b5

 

G7#5

 

Gmaj7#5

 

D7