Walk the Line with Bass and Chords

Bass and Chord exercises

A great way to add to your rhythm guitar playing is adding bass lines to the chords that you are strumming.


Let’s use an E chord to learn the technique. Here’s how to play an E chord.

E how to

 

Start by plucking the open E string and then strum the chord.

E bass

Then alternate notes in the bass. First pluck the low E string, then strum, then pluck the A string, and strum.

E to B bass

Once you have the basic idea down you can play with it by changing what you do with the chord or the bass note. Here are a few examples.

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Bass and Chord exercises

You can do this with all of your chords. Here’s an exercise to get you going on what string to pluck for the bass notes on all of the open major and dominant 7th chords.

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Bass and Chords

You can also use a capo to change what key you are in. Like this:

Check out what Johnny Cash did

Check out what Johnny Cash did with these techniques in the song “I Walk the Line”. In the recording and when they played it live, they actually used two guitars, but it’s common to play with one guitar as well.

Johnny Cash Source: emusic.com

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I Walk the Line

Here’s an example of “I Walk the Line” without a  capo.

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Thanks,

Mike Georgia

 

 
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