Bass Arpeggios

Bass Arpeggios




Welcome to this section where we are going to show through free lessons all bass guitar arpeggios  that exist.

Thus, you will be able to practice all of them and complement your study with our section of bass scales.

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What is a Bass Guitar Arpeggio ?

We call arpeggio to the notes that compose a chord, from the most basic, we have chords of 3 and 4 notes and chords of extension that have 5 and 6 notes.

But here, we are going to focus on studying the  4 string bass arpeggios because we will have another exclusive section for the study of the chords in the bass.

Let’s start by studying the bass arpeggios for beginners, which are the three-note arpeggios.

Many people confuse arpeggio with chord, as far as musical notes are concerned they are the same, but, an arpeggio is to play the notes of a chord in a melodic way, that is to say, not simultaneously.

We can play them ordered or disordered but we will always play them melodically because to play them harmonically we already have the positions of the chords.

Now let us explain the formations of the bass arpeggios with the following bass arpeggio chart.


Bass Arpeggios Chart

We’re going to do a classification so we don’t get lost in the bass arpeggios.

✅ TRIAD ARPEGGIOS FOR BASS ➡️ are arpeggios formed with 3 notes, and we have:

  • Major arpeggio bass
  • Minor arpeggio bass
  • Augmented arpeggio bass
  • Diminished arpeggio bass

Look at this bass arpeggio Chart for triads

Triad Chords

Root 2 note 3 note


Major

1
3
5


Minor

1
b3
5


Diminished

1
b3
b5


Augmented

1
3
#5

✅ BASS ARPEGGIOS TETRADS ➡️They are arpeggios formed with 4 notes, because to the triad we add one more note, and we have:
🔵 Major Tetrads:

Arpeggio major with major seventh
Arpeggio major with minor seventh

🔵 Minor Tetrads :
Minor arpeggio with major seventh
Arpeggio minor with minor seventh

🔵 Augmented Tetrads:
Arpeggio augmented with major seventh
Arpeggio augmented with minor seventh

🔵 Diminished Tetrads:
Diminished Arpeggio with minor seventh – Also called semi-diminished Arpeggio
Diminished Arpeggio with diminished seventh

🔵 Extension Arpeggios

Summary Chart of tetrad arpeggios for electric bass:

Tetrads Chords

 

Root 2 note 3 note 4 note


Maj7

1
3
5
 7


7

1
3
5
 b7


mMaj7

1
b3 5
 7


m7

1
b3
5
 b7


AugMaj7

1
#5
 7


Aug7

1
3
#5  b7


m7b5

1
b3
b5
b7


dim7

1
b3
b5 bb7


6

1
3
5
 6


m6

1
b3
5
 6

Note: This chart is not complete because we still have enough arpeggios of 4 notes that we can form, even so, it is a good starting point to begin to know the arpeggios in the bass.