Beginner Blues Bass

2017-11-01T14:32:34+00:00October 24th, 2015|Categories: Blues Bass Lines|27 Comments

This is the first in a short series of lessons devoted to playing bass on a 12 bar blues. I’ll be covering Blues Rock and Jazz Blues in upcoming lessons.

Please Note: On this video the backing track has a very full sound and the bass can sound a little overpowered on smaller speakers. If you have problems hearing it be sure to use either headphones or larger speakers (desktop etc.)

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  1. joe aimes October 24, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    backing track is a bit to loud, we need to hear the bass more.

    • Tapan Dey March 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      How can I get the Backing Track?

      • Talkingbass-Mark November 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        The backing tracks are available to buy in the Talkingbass store if you want them in a bunch of styles and loads of different keys. IF you only want the one key, just sign in and go to the practice tracks page.

  2. vince o October 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    hi mark, great job as usual! can you just explain why you use the 6th note and not the 7th on the chord progression while you are playing a C7? even if it sounds nice and blusy. cheers from france and keep on enjoying us!

    • Talkingbass-Mark September 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      You don’t need to limit yourself to only the chord tones. The chord tones are the framework you work from because they are the consonant notes (they work!). You can also use any scale notes or chromatic notes in your lines but they have to work around that solid chord tone framework. As long as you emphasize the chord tones on strong beats you can pretty much put anything in there. Then it’s down to the kind of line or sound you’re personally trying to create.

  3. kevin murtagh October 25, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Really nice to have something so instinctive to learn the different chord fingerings, and fretboard positions for.
    Thanks Mark

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  5. Cleveland Freeman October 26, 2015 at 3:02 am - Reply

    I am a beginner and I must say that you have made learning to play this instrument a joy……thanks

  6. Norman October 27, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark, Great stuff much appreciated…

  7. peter wass October 28, 2015 at 12:41 am - Reply

    thanks Mark, got a lot from this lesson “chock full of goodness”

  8. Anthony Dematteo October 28, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Thanks, couldn’t come at a better time.
    I just got invited to jam with a band doing blues.
    Definitely look forward to more lessons.
    Thanks again!

  9. Slava Efremov October 28, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Hello, Mark. First, thank you for your lessons, i started 5-6 months ago, they’ve been really helpful.
    After some of your lessons i found myself browsing wikipedia reading about tonality, harmony etc, but i always feel like i’m missing something important, so i thought could you recommend some books on music theory? To systematize some of the knowledge you gave us and to learn the basics that lie in the foundation of it all? Preferably something that would be relatively easy to read, like in your lessons you are good in simple explaining complex stuff.
    Thank you again,
    Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  10. ko naing October 29, 2015 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Yes Sir I am an absolute beginner

  11. Shane Styles November 2, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    A whole lota juicy goodness here… had to watch through a few time to gather everything…Love it when things are presented this way as if broken down into understandable parts and which grant you the freedom to explore as well.. This is a great lesson !!!
    Thanks again

  12. Felix Chabot July 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Anyway to download that backing track? I thought you said it was available for download in the video?

  13. John Kada September 7, 2016 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Another great beginner lesson — thanks!

    But, I think the backing tracks were erroneously omitted from the lesson material–all I see is the pdf.same problem noted by the previous commenter.

  14. John Kada September 8, 2016 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Thank You Mark. I get it now…

  15. Geoffrey Duncan December 29, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Thanks Mark! Your lessons are awesome,

  16. Robert Jackson December 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark, you really the best. I’m learning sight read using your program.

  17. Robert Jackson December 31, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark, you really are the best. I’m learning to sight read using your program.

  18. Harrison February 27, 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Hi Mark, most of your stuff is really great, but I was watching a lesson on scales and you were doing two octave major scales and when I could not find the notes that went with that lesson, I bought the scale book but that does not have two octave major scales either. You might want to add those. Thanks for all the great stuff.

  19. Carl Chambers March 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark, for another great lesson. Can you just make a comment on the rhythmic timing of the fills and approach notes? Should we always be aiming to hit the “target” note on beat one?

  20. peter royle September 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I have computer plugged into HiFi system , Marantz amp ,Celestion speakers — no problem with balance , sounds great .

  21. Dam Brooks June 3, 2018 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Fantastic. as always, been shuffling all day, now it feels as if my finger tips will fall off! I really appreciate the presentation of each lesson, the .pdf resources and how your teaching has moved my practicing along in leaps and bounds, thank you so much.

  22. Phil Robertson July 30, 2018 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Is there any way for me to mark this lesson as a favorite to make it easier to find later?

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