In this lesson,I’m going to talk about why I think every bass player should work on an understanding and knowledge of chord tones and chord construction.

Every piece we play contains a harmonic background of some kind. This is the ‘chord progression’. When we create a bass line for a tune it’s our functional role as a bass player to outline that harmony and to do this we need to play around a framework of chord tones. The notes of the chords.

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck playing simple root notes as a bass line and want to introduce some extra notes for interest. Chord tones are your friend.

Root Note Bass Line

Chord Tone Bass Line

Non Chord Tones

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