Bass Arpeggio Positions

By Bass Levite

Every novice bass player should know these common bass arpeggio positions:



The following are the positions for the C major and C minor chords.

C major position 1
-------5-------
---2-5---5-2---
-3-----------3-
---------------

C major position 2 (inverted)
-5-----------5-
---5-------5---
-----7---7-----
-------8-------

C minor position 1
-------5-------
---1-5---5-1---
-3-----------3-
---------------

C minor position 2
-------5-------
-----5---5-----
-3-6-------6-3-
---------------

C major position 3 (inverted)
-5-----------5-
---5-------5---
-----6---6-----
-------8-------

Note that I've used the proper fingering to play the notes. It's important to keep practising these positions for various chords to develop your fingers strength and flexibility (especially the 3rd and 4th finger). The reader should be able to transpose these to any other chord.


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

this might be a stupid question
what do the numbers represent under the boxes?

Anonymous said...

the fret numbers?

endreu said...

C major position 3 (inverted)
-5-----------5-
---5-------5---
-----6---6-----
-------8-------





this should be Cminor isnt it?

Alex said...

what does it refer to as C minor/major scales when there is no C string what does it mean?

Shannon said...

Is it possible to put letters instead of numbers? I don't understand how to read the numbers.

Jervie Rivera said...

the numbers represent the number of frets in a guitar, whether it's a guitar or bass guitar, (e.g. 1 is the 1st fret) an so forth.