Bass Lick Series: Funky Bass Breakdown in E
Here’s another lick to add to your bag of tricks. Once again, I’m using open strings as described in past lessons.
This one is a groovy bass line you can play over a E7, E9 or E13 chord using the Em dorian scale with the Major 3rd added (G#). Omit the G# and use it over a minor chord/key.
Follow along with the video and this transcription (standard notation and tab). For you 4-string players, simply substitute the E on the 5th fret of the B string with the open E string.
For the gear heads: I’m playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK Signature 5-string bass strung with Dunlop Nickel Strings, through a TC Electronic BG250 combo with a compressor Toneprint, using the direct out into Logic Pro. I’m favoring the bridge pickup in this lick.
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