This lesson addresses one of the biggest problems I see in students when trying to solo through chord changes. As bass players we deal with root notes of chords a lot. So when it comes to that time to solo we automatically aim for the root note and then take it from there.

In this lesson we have an exercise that aims to shake you out of that habit by aiming for the other chord tones.

Chord Progression

CMaj7 – Am7 – Dm7 – G7

Chord Construction

Major 7
1 3 5 7

Dominant 7
1 3 5 b7

Minor 7
1 b3 5 b7

Chord Tones

C Maj7
C E G B

Am7
A C E G

Dm7
D F A C

G7
G B D F

 

Exercise 1: Play the Root Note of each chord

Exercise 2: Play the 3rd of each chord

Exercise 3: Play the 5th of each chord

Exercise 4: Play the 7th of each chord

 

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