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Major 7th Chords With Bass Line


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In this lesson we'll play a complete octave with the bass line and upper chord tones of a major 7th chord voicings from the previous lesson. Our walking bass line moves up and down the C major scale with an included minor 6th scale degree. This makes it possible to play a moving bass line along with higher register voices of chord inversions to suggest a melody.

Notice in the notation we have two distinct, separate parts: a walking bass line & two or three higher pitched notes that complete the chord voicing on the upper strings. Start by simply playing the bass line. Once you get a handle on it then slowly add the higher chord voicings.

In the next lesson we'll practice playing these major 7th chords along with a backing track!
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