Arpeggios: Part 2

Today’s post is Part 2 in a series on learning how to play and use arpeggios on the bass.  Part 1 is here.

An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are played in sequence, one after the other, rather than ringing out simultaneously.  We can also think of these as chord tones – notes that constitute a given chord.  It’s essential that the bassist know the fundamental chord structures and how to move easily from one chord tone to the next.

The video below is an excerpt from Jaco Pastorius – Modern Electric Bass.

Jaco Pastorius Arpeggio Excercises

Tab from Big Bass Tabs  (starting at 3:24)

CM7                                              Dm                                            Em                                                        FM7

G_______________4_____5____________________________________7____8_________________

D_____2____5______________7___________________________9_____________10____________

A_3___________________________8_____5_____7_____10________________________12____8_
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E_________________________________________________________________________________

G7                                            Am                                                Bm7b5                                               CM7

G______________10____12____________________________________14____16_______________

D__________12_____________14_________________________15_______________17__________

A_10__14_______________________15___12____14____17________________________19____15

E_________________________________________________________________________________

Bmb5                                                 Am                                                       G7                                        FM7

G_________________14____12_______________________________________10___8__________

D___________15_______________14_____________________________12____________10_____

A_14___17__________________________15____12______10____14______________________12

E_________________________________________________________________________________

Em                                                    Dm                                                    CM7

G________________________7______5_______________________________4__5___4___________

D__________________9________________7_______________________5______________5______

A__8____7____10__________________________8____5____3____7_____________________7___3

E_________________________________________________________________________________