Bass Guitar Licks Lesson
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Bass Licks Lesson

				
For this lick we'll be taking a look at how to analyze 
which scale was used to create this very famous Bass Riff 
which is from the song "Electric Funeral" created by the 
famous bassist Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath. Shown be-
low is the actual intro riff to the song.

                       Bass Lick 1

G :------------------------------------------------------
D :----------------9--10--9------------------------------
A :------------7-7------------7---9--10--9---------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
 Notes         E E B   C  B   E   F#  G   F#

Shown in Tablature below is the scale E minor diatonic/
natural or pure.
The diatonic scale is a scale that consist of 8 notes.
 
Dia=8 * Tonic=notes

The 8 notes played in this scale are as shown below. You 
can clearly see how this famous riff was developed from 
this scale.


G :------------------7-9---------------------------------
D :-----------7-9-10-------------------------------------
A :---7-9-10---------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
Notes E F# G  A B C  D  E
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                       Bass Lick 2

This lick is from the famous bass solo by Cliff Burton 
titled "Anesthesia, Pulling Teeth". This entire beginning 
of this solo was based on arpeggios.An arpeggio is a chord 
that is played in single notes, rather than strummed. 
D minor chord is actually derived from D major diatonic 
scale, by using the chord )formula 1, flat3, and 5. 
Which means the first, flatted third, and 5th interval 
from D major scale.

                   D major diatonic scale                  

G :---------------------------4--6--7--------------------
D :------------------4--5--7-----------------------------
A :------------5--7--------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
   notes       D  E  F# G  A  B  C#  D      
   intervals   1  2  3  4  5  6  7   8 


                     D Minor Chord

G :------------------------------------------------------
D :---------------------3-----------7--------------------
A :-------------5----------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
   notes        D        F          A
   intervals    1,   flatted 3rd,    5


   D Minor Chord           D Minor Chord played as as
   strummed                arpeggio         octave

G :--2-----------------------------------------10--14----
D :--3-------------------------3---7--------12-----------
A :--5----------------------5----------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------

Here's the actual lick, beginning with open D string, foll-
owed by a slide to the 12th fret

          s            

G :-----------------10-14----10-14----10-14---10-14------
D :-0--(1)--12---12-------12-------12-------12-----------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------

G :-----10--14-------------------------------------------
D :-12---------12----------------------------------------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
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                       Bass Lick 3

Continued from Cliff Burtons famous solo "Anethsesia, 
Pulling Teeth". During the last bass licks lesson, I showed 
you how to play a D minor arpeggio by using intervals taken 
from the major scale. So make sure to review the previous 
lesson which will make this quick lick easier to understand.

The second lick you'll hear in this famous bass solo, is C 
major arpeggio. Shown below is C major diatonic scale.

Remember... an arpeggio is a chord played insingle notes, 
rather than strummed.

The chord formula is shown right, which is 1, 3, 5,, or 
the first, third and fifth intervals taken from the major 
scale.

   C major scale              C major chord formula

G :-----------------2-4-5--------------------------------
D :------------2-3-5----------------2-5------------------
A :---------3-5--------------------3---------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
  notes     C D E F G A B C        C E G 
  intervals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8        1 3 5


   C major chord strummed    Played as an arpeggio


G :-------0----------------------------------------------
D :-------2-----------------------2--5-------------------
A :-------3---------------------3------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
    (notes, C, E, G )

Arpeggio Played in Octaves

G :-----------------9---12------------------------------
D :-----------10-----------------------------------------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------

  notes       C     E     G
  intervals   1     3      5

Here's the actual arpeggio lick from the solo


G :-----9-12---9--12---9--12---9--12----9-12-------------
D :--10------10------10------10------10------10----------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
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                     Bass Lick 4

Continued from the famous Bass solo by Cliff Burton titled 
"Anethesia, Pulling Teeth".
Continuing from last lesson, this lesson will continue with 
learning F major apreggio. Remember an arpeggio is a chord
played in single notes rather than strummed.Here's the for-
mula for F major Arpeggio.

                F major diatonic scale

G :-----------------------------7--9--10-----------------
D :-------------------7--8--10---------------------------
A :-------------8--10------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
   notes        F  G  A  A#  C  D   E  F
   intervals    1  2  3  4   5  6   7  8


  F major chord formula           Fmajor chord

G :--------------------------------5---------------------
D :--------------7--10-------------7---------------------
A :-----------8--------------------8---------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
   notes      F  A  C              
   intervals  1  3  5            


 F major arpeggio           played in octave

G :--------------------------------14-17-----------------
D :-----7--10-------------------15-----------------------
A :---8--------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------

Note that during this solo exercise that E minor arpeggio
is played before F major. E minor arpeggio uses the first,
flatted third, and fifth of E major scale. Shown below is 
the formula for E minor arpeggio.
 
   E major diatonic scale            E minor chord formula         
   
G :------------------------6--8--9-----------------------
D :---------------6--7--9------------------5--------9----
A :----------7--9-----------------------7----------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
   notes     E  F# G# A  B  C# D# E     E   G       B
   intervals                            1  flat 3   5


                E minor arpeggio in octave

G :-----------12----16-----------------------------------
D :-----14-----------------------------------------------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------

        E      G      B
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           Bass Lick 5 / Crazy Train by Ozzy

This lesson we'll analyze how this lick was written by
using the F# minor diatonic scale.

   F# minor diatonic scale
G :------------------------------------------------------
D :-------------------------2--4-------------------------
A :-----------------2--4--5------------------------------
E :--------2--4--5---------------------------------------
  Notes    F# G# A  B  C# D  E  F#

Here's the actual Bass Lick which is the intro to the song.


G :------------------------------------------------------
D :------------------------------------------------------
A :---------------------------5-5------------------------
E :--2-2---5-5----0-0----2-2--------0-0------------------
    F# F#  A A    E E   F# F# D D   E E

This demonstrates how the notes F#, A, E (in a lower oct-
ave) and the note D were taken from this scale to create 
this famous bass lick.







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