Learn Bass Guitar

Want to learn bass guitar? The bass is the lead guitar of the rhythm section. The bass and drums are the backbone of the rhythm section in most bands along with a piano or rhythm guitar.”

Another role of the bass player is to provide harmony by choosing notes that will fit the music’s mood from the songs scale or chord tones.

A good bass player will also lead you into chord changes like for the songs break or chorus.

Listen to Paul McCartney from The Beatles play. He has some really nice Bass lines. Day tripper is a good song where he plays what the lead guitar is playing giving it a fuller sound.

They can also make a riff like a guitar that plays throughout the song, like We Gotta Get Out of This Place by the Animals, an oldie but goodie.

This riff identfies the song as soon as it starts like Keith Richards of the Stones riff in Satisfaction.


Bass Players rarely play chords like a guitar player does, all the notes at the same time. It would have a too muddy of a sound for most songs.

Same Notes as Guitar

The four string bass guitar has the same notes as the top four strings of a regular guitar just tuned down an octave although it sounds lower than that because of the thick strings

Bass Guitar Notes

The second E note is equal to the open 6th string on a regular guitar. Note that this the Bass clef not the treble clef that guitar music is written in. This is also what a keyboard player plays with his or her left hand. They read both treble and bass clefs at the same time.

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Melodic Minor Scale…Add New Life to Licks

The melodic minor scale will get your licks out of the pentatonic rut we all get stuck in when learning.

The Scale below can be used for improvising over all the chords in the melodic scale which are listed below that.

This scale can also be used starting at the root of minor and minor 6th’s.

Here is a taste of C melodic minor scale played against a Cm/maj7 chord. This is the chord built from the first note of the melodic scale.

No other notes or effects just the scale notes so you can hear the scale notes not someone playing guitar.

The C minor melodic scale played over a C minor major 7th chord

More Uses for the Melodic Minor Scale

A lot of the scales and modes we use start at the root of the chord to be used for improvising.

In the melodic minor the main scale is the only one that will start on different notes other than the root.

Number 2 Melodic Minor Scale Use

Another use is starting 1/2 step or one fret above the roots of dominant chords with altered 5th’s and 9th’s. Similar to the diminished scale. 1/2 step above the root would be a flat 9 that is why you would do it this way.

Below is a sample of the C melodic minor being played against a B7♭5.

The C minor melodic scale played against a B7 flat 5 chord

The B and C are important notes here the C being the flat 9 and the B being the root of the chord. The E-flat gives the minor feel against the C and the major 3rd against the B.

This is an analogy you don’t have to think about all of this when your playing it’s just food for thought.

Number 3 Melodic Use

One more is starting on the 5th of flat5 chords. Whatever the flat 5 note is that is the root note of the scale you would use.

This is the Melodic minor played over a G♭7♭5 chord. The 5th is a C note.

The C melodic minor played over an F sharp 7 flat 5 chord

One More for the Melodic Minor Scale

The last one unless you know more is starting on the 6th of major chords with a sharp or flat 5 or a sharp 11. In this case you are playing a relative minor scale against a major chord

The C melodic minor played against an E flat flat 5 chord

I used the C as the tonic because it is the 6th of E-flat its relative minor.

The Melodic Scale List

The keys will be listed in the minor keys and not the relative major.

You will see double sharp marks like ♯♯. This is because you’re not allowed to use the same note twice in a scale except for diminished and other scales that aren’t connected to the major and minor scales.

A double sharp (♯♯) or a double flat (♭♭) just means two notes or frets higher or lower instead of one.

More about Melodic Minor Scales

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Discover the Phrygian ModeAn Improvising Tool

The Phrygian mode will give your licks a Spanish flamenco flare that will get your guitar playing noticed. It’s another tool to add to your improvising arsenal to put a stop to boring licks. You need more than the Pentatonic scales to get creative.

This mode comes from the 3rd note of the major scale.

You have to time the F note right so it doesn’t clash with the E note of the chord.

The F note should be a short one using it as a passing tone to lead into another note tone or a tone from the next chord.

The iii Minor Chord – Phrygian Mode

The 3 chord doesn’t get used as a home chord the way that the ii and the vi chord do.

The 3 chord lacks the major 2nd that are in the other two. This note is important for melodies. It has a minor 2nd instead which is too close to the root note and clashes with it.

It’s usually used as a passing chord like in a Dm(ii) to Em(iii) to F(IV) to Em(iii) Progression in the key of C.

If you are having trouble following the ii and iii chord things I’m talking about check out this page to understand better.

Guitar Chord Theory

Here is the music notation with tab for this mode.

I recorded a short piece using only the notes from the E phrygian scale played against an Em chord nothing fancy so you can hear the sound of the mode.

The E Phrygian played against an e minor chord

The Phrygian List

Remember this mode comes from the 3rd note of the minor scale>

Phrygian Mode Formula

Here is the formula as you would make it from the major scale.

Here is this modes formula 1-♭2-♭3-4-5-♭6-♭7

For some it might be easier to think of it as the major scale starting on the 3rd note. This would definitely be easier for some keys like C, F and G.

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Easy to Learn Guitar SongsEverybody Starts Here

Having some easy to learn guitar songs will help build your playing ability and confidence as you learn the basics of music.

This is how everybody starts off learning their first songs. Every guitar player was at this point at one time, no matter how good they are today. They just kept learning and practicing.

This is a good way to get started actually playing and developing your sense of rhythm on the guitar as you learn the guitar basics.

Start slow and learn the chords first before trying to play the song.

Playing Chords

Practice changing from one chord to the next first without keeping time. You just want to be able to move your fingers from one chord to the next.

It will get easier and there are many other easy guitar songs out there using the same chords.

After you can change fairly easy try playing each chord for 4 beats each just the way you tap your foot to a song on the radio.

These are good easy to learn guitar songs for beginners or even someone who has been playing and can add some fills or fancy chord changes.

Learning Chords

These chords that I am going to show you are in the 1st position. These are fairly easy chords but if this are your first encounter with chords you may want to go check out the guitar chord diagrams page.

This page will show you the basics of chord diagrams.

Guitar Chord Diagrams

If the barred F chord is too hard to finger now try the short version. You will be able to later on.

There are some extra chords here that aren’t in any of the songs. I had some extra space, try them out.

The B♭ chord is also hard to get good clear notes in the beginning. If you practice these chords up around the 10th fret they will be easier to play. You will have to work them down the neck a little at a time.

More Easy to Learn Guitar Songs

What I am going to do is list a song and the chords for it. It will be up to you to learn when you change chords.These are easy guitar songs to learn. The songs will be popular ones that you have heard before. I will give you some tips if necessary

This will be the beginning of your ear training. You will listen to music in a whole new way.

Easy to Learn Guitar Songs – Tips

1st – listen to the bass if you have trouble hearing when a chord changes.

2nd – Play Slow, Don’t try to play the song at full speed until you can make the chord changes smoothly.

3rd – Listen to your chords, you want good clean sounding notes.

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Here is an easy to learn guitar song. This might not be where you want to start if your a metal head(no offense intended) but the women love songs like this and that’s what matters.

This isn’t what I would call one of the easiest guitar songs to learn but it moves slowly and there are only 4 chords.

This song calls for a different D chord than the one above. I’ll show you all the chords for this song.

Use this D when it follows the G chord and use the other D from up above after the C chord.

The reason for this is the bass line goes from G to F sharp to E.

Here is a link for an mp3 download of this song in case you want to add it to your collection

Wonderful Tonight – mp3
Wonderful Tonight – Tab (Opens New Window)

Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight -Words and Music – Eric Clapton

Intro Chords G D C D
//// //// //// //// G D C D
//// //// //// //// Verse 1 G D C D
It's late in the eve - ning she's won-dring what clothes to wear G D C D
She puts on her make - up and brush-es her long blonde hair C D G D Em And then she asks me Do I look al-right? Em C D And I say Yes You look won-der-ful to-night Just Chords
//// //// //// //// Verse 2
Same Chords as Verse 1 Chorus 1 After 2nd Verse G - 4beats G C D
//// I feel won-der-ful be - cause I see the love G D Em C light in your eyes Then the won-der of it all D C D G is that you just don't re-al-ize how much I love you Just Chords G D C D
//// //// //// //// G D C D
//// //// //// //// Verse 3
Same Chords as Verse 1 plus Em C D Oh My Dar-ling You were won-der-ful to-night Just Chords Ending
G      D       C     D     G
////   ////   ////   ////

This is a popular Eric Clapton song. These are the only chords in the song.

Sympathy for the Devil

Here is another one of those four chord easy to learn guitar songs. Music doesn’t have to be complicated to write a good song.

Here are the Chords from up top for this song.

Here is a link to this song in case you don’t have a copy.

Sympathy for the Devil

Easy to Learn Guitar Songs

Written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger

Chords E, D A B

Intro - Starts off with drums playing a Jungle-like rhythm
verse 1
Please al-low me to int-ro-duce my-self I'm a man of wealth and taste E D A E
Ive been a-round for a long, long year stole ma-ny a mans soul and faith E D A E
And I was round when Jes-us Christ had his mo-ment of doubt and pain E D A E
Made damn sure that pi-late wash-ed his hands and seal-ed his fate Refrain 1 B E
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name E B E
But whats puzz-ling you is the na-ture of my ga-me Verse 2
Same Chords as verse 1 Refrain 2
Same as Refrain 1 Verse 3
Chords the same as Verse 1 Refrain 3
Same as Refrain 1 Verse 4
Same chords as Verse1 Refrain 3
Same as Refrain 1 B E
Pleased to meet you hope you guess-ed my name, um yeah B E
But whats puzz-ling you is the na-ture of my ga-me um mean it, get down
Repeat the Refrain chords and ad lib like the recording

The ending is just E D A E verse chords and vocal improvising.

The guitar lead in the middle is just a verse without the B to E Refrain.

Some very good lyrics. They studied some history for this song.

Hey Jude

I couldn’t find a direct link to an mp3 of this song. The Beatles recordings aren’t available in mp3 format although their individual solo work is.

This song was written for John Lennon’s son Julian who was named after John’s mother Julia. She played a major role in getting John and Paul into music.

I do have a link where you can get CD’s of their albums

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Easy to Learn Guitar Songs

Here are the chord diagrams for this song.

Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Chords in Song – F, F7, Bb, C, C7, Gm7, Eb

Verse 1 F C
Hey Jude don't make it bad C7 F
Take a sad song and make it bet-ter Bb F
Re-mem-ber to let her in-to your heart C7 F
Then you can start to make it bet-ter C
Hey Jude don't be a-fraid C7 F
You were made to go out and get her. Bb F
The min-ute you let her un-der your skin C7 F
Then you be-gin to make it bet-ter. F7 Bb
And an-y-time you feel the pain hey jude, re-frain Gm7 C7 F
Don't car-ry the world u-pon your shoul-ders F7 Bb
For now you know that it's a fool who plays it cool Gm7 C7 F
By mak-ing his world a lit-tle cold-er. F7 C7
Da da da da-da da da da da verse 2
Same Chord changes as Verse 1
Verse 3
Same Chords as Verse 1
Repeat last verse line F Eb Bb F
Na na na na na na na na na na na -Hey Jude Repeat the above line as long as you want

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The Mixolydian Flat 6 Mode – Good for Dominant Sharp 5 Chords

The mixolydian flat 6 mode comes from the 5th note of the Melodic minor scale. You can use it to improvise over regular dominates and dominants with a ♯5.

The chord that is built from the melodic scale for the 5th note is a dominant 7th chord. This scale also has a flat 6 or a sharp 5th depending on how you want to remember it.

The flat 6 or sharp 5 gives that augmented sound like the augmented triads

Augmented Triads Page

This scale will be played against a G7 chord

All the modes have a certain note or group of notes that give it its unique sound.

These are the notes you want to target when you use these modes to bring out the chord changes

This gives your solos a professional seasoned sound.

Timing the notes that make this mode unique will help you use this scale.

The G mixolydian flat 6 played against a G7 chord

The notes that make this mode unique are the 5 and ♯5, they are the notes I used the most.

The Mixolydian Flat 6 Mode List

Mixolydian ♭6 Formula


This scale is a major scale with a flatted 6 and 7

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Free Video Guitar Lesson

Instructor: Hanspeter Kruesi
Speciality: Blues, Jazz and Touch Technique
Website: This is a lesson about advanced improvisation concepts on blues. It shows how you can play 3 different scales on any 12 bar or other blues. The blues pattern I use here has the following chord progression: D / D / D / D G / G / D / D A / G / D / D The scales which can be used are: D minor pentatonic D blues scale D, G and A mixolydian scale. You can play the following scales on the following chords : D : D minor pentatonic, D blues scale, D mixolydian scale G : D minor pentatonic, D blues scale, G mixolydian scale A : D minor pentatonic, D blues scale, A mixolydian scale On the Guitar Tricks site I have a whole bundle of licks which might give you some additional inspiration. Each lick is marked as pentatonic or mixolydian lick in the description. When you transpose a pentatonic lick you have to transpose it to the key of the blues you are playing. When you transpose a mixolydian lick you have to transpose it to the chord you want to improvise.

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