How to Play 8-Bar Blues on the Bass

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Eight-bar blues on the electric bass typically involves chord changes that are one to four to five. Play a C, F and G to play eight-bar blues in C with help from a professional upright and electric bass player in this free video on playing eight-bar blues on the bass.

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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 an eight bar blues on the electric bass guitar. Typically with eight bar blues you have eight bars, and the chord changes are one to four to five, and then back to one. There is a million different variations that you could do, but the most common one is one going to the four, going to the five, then going to one, then back to five. So typically if you have the set of tempos right here think old time rock and roll, the classic rock to an old time rock and roll. So if the tempo is right here four to five, five to one, back to five. Now I am just in C so in C obviously one is C, and four is F, and five is G. So it is very simple, and then what you are using like the notes that add flare, and to make your bass line a little bit more spicy just using the C major scale. And if they throw in F7 or something like that you can use an E flat or in G if it's G7 at the end use an F. Especially if it's G7 the five you have an F in the G7, because G7 is consisting of G, B, D, F. So the overall picture of a eight bar blues sounds like if you think the classic rock and roll tune old time rock and roll. So last time revisiting it. Four, five, one to the five, and that's in eight bar blues consisting one, four, five, back to one. Thank you very much, I am Colin Truesdell.


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