Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals in bass line construction. In this lesson, we’ll improvise on some funk in the key of C.
A quick note and correction: when I say “seventh” in the video, I mean flatted seventh. You’ll see the annotation when that comes up in the video.
Here’s a break down of the notes/intervals I talk about in the lesson:
- Root: C
- Octave: still C, but in a higher register
- Minor third: E♭
- Fourth: F
- Fifth: G
- Flatted seventh: B♭
This is the minor pentatonic scale: C, E♭, F, G, B♭
In case you’re curious, the iPad app I’m using for the drum patterns is Funkbox.
Let me know how it goes! Share your thoughts, feedback and questions in the comments.