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What Do You Play When the Song Hits a Minor?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Tele-beeb, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. kbold

    kbold Friend of Leo's

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    With any minor chord, the critical note is the m3rd.
    I would say the safe notes are the root, m3rd and 5th.
     
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  2. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Friend of Leo's

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    ^^yup- this.

    instead of your “box” root, 3rd, 5th- (3rd= next string, same fret, 5th= next string two frets up), play root, next string one fret down (the “minor”) , next string two frets up...

    now you’re on your way!!
     
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  3. gimmeatele

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    You are never to old to learn theory it helps so much, I am learning to sight read at 61, never to late
     
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  4. telemnemonics

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    I'd suggest skip seeing the visual shape as any more than cues, skip the names we apply, and listen to each note in the vicinity of your confusion.
    Just intervals that make patterns and sounds that make responses.
    If you can recognize your mistakes, you know what sounds better and worse!
     
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  5. DougM

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    It's also never too late to learn the difference between two, to, and too.
     
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  7. Old Deaf Roadie

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    It would be easier just to learn music theory than to decipher the original post.
     
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  8. 4pickupguy

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    I’m a rank amateur, I have discovered how cool harmonic minor can be.
     
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  9. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    Yes
    I was wrong on the theory thing... it is just so overwhelming
    I get the thirds and fifths idea, I just haven’t caught it yet.
     
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  10. Tele-beeb

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    I don’t... I live in a pretty sparsely populated area.
     
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  11. Tele-beeb

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    The country gives me the least problem, because I am a hillbilly :)
     
  12. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    True on playing the root... I can get those from my 6-string experience. It’s beyond that that I seem to sometimes predict wrong and I suspect those pesky minors.
     
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  13. Cheap Trills

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    if you have an example of the song and what box shape or particular fret your playing when it goes minor and things don't sound good, I can tell you what's up in a simple non-theory way and how to make it work.
     
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  14. Guitarteach

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    Use the pictures in the links i provided. It is what you are asking for. If its C major chord, use notes from the C major pentatonic pattern based on a root of C.

    if its G minor, use the minor shape with the root on G.

    if you can learn to read those pictures/diagrams.. you are golden. Opens up the world of learning by yourself.

    You tube will have bass scales for beginners to copy too.
     
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  15. Peegoo

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    No matter what key, scale, or mode a tune is in, you're never more than a half-step away from a note that will fit perfectly. As long as you're listening and paying attention to what the band is doing and where you are on the bass, you can jump to the good note.

    I learned this from Victor Wooten.
     
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  16. kennl

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    think about playing through the changes, not over them
    the notes the lead into and out of the "minor" tonality are most important
     
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    Stick at it, you will:)
     
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    Apologies!:p
     
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    I'm a really simple but solid player, and probably really traditional or not too harmonically creative

    It's a plus and a minus I guess

    With me everything is first- " What key is the song in?" And second " is it major or minor?"
    So thru just a lot of trial and error I learned everything ( 45 years now) after the fact, by just a lot of associations between what my ears picked up ( when first learning) and just blindly 'pecking it out' on the fretboard 'till it sounded right.

    I learned isolated licks or chords, not knowing they were part of scales/patterns/chords that you can either move up and down the neck, or across the strings- but it all gets revealed with time

    Hell, I bet I played for years before realizing that everything above the 12th fret is just a repetition of what's below! ( because I was afraid to 'go up there' Ha!)
     
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  20. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    I too am a little too confused by the original post to be sure I can help. But, maybe this short seven minute -ish video will be of use?

    Note that although he's focusing on major chords, as he points out at the end (& others have here), it also works for minor chords, as he's only using the root, fifth and octave, which in minor chords, are the same.





    Pax/
    Dean
     
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