How to Play Bass Guitar for Country Music

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In order to play a country bass line, simply play dotted quarter notes that are followed by eighth notes. Discover how country music is rooted in American blues music with help from a professional upright and electric bass player in this free video on playing country bass lines.

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Hi my name is Colin Trusedell, I am an electric and upright bass instructor in Miami, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you how to play a country bass line. One of the most important American music forms in the United States. So if you think about country music, country music is very, very basic. It extends from the blues, and other American forms of music, and most of the time when you have a country bass line somebody is just going to put in front of you chords or they might put in front of you a written bass line. But predominantly bass lines, and country music are just dotted quarter notes followed by eighth notes. So that rhythm would be bong, bong, bong, bong, bong, bong, and that is pretty much it. You have other eighth notes if you want to get a little bit more flare to the country music, but you have that type of school of thought or you have more of a kind of like with other Latin type of music. You have quarter notes boom, boom boom boom, boom, boom, boom. So you have that type of country music, and then you have very popular country music that has kind of a bossa nova type feel, but not a bossa nova. It is a rock country feel. So typical a very good example of a country tune is Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks. And the bass line on this tune sounds like this, and it is a dotted quarter note rhythm followed by an eighth note rhythm, and so it sounds like this. Very simple. So I am going to break down that a little bit further. So just use the open A string, and just think open A to E or to B to E. So open A just very basic rhythm. All that last lick was a E arpeggio. Just an E major arpeggio. So if you think about a country bass line just think very basic. The more basic you are going to get the more people are going to like it, and it grooves. So thank you very much, I am Colin Trusedell. Thank you for watching.


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