Keep It Groovy: Building A Groove With Minor Triads

In this Keep It Groovy lesson we learn how to create a simple bass line using minor triads.

By understanding our chord progression, we can apply the respective arpeggio to match the quality of the chord (aka, major or minor). So, if we play a chord progression using Am, Dm, and Em chords, we can outline the chord to complement what the guitars or keyboards might be playing.

Taking inspiration from the drum groove, we can find a rhythm that works, apply the notes of the arpeggio, and create a simple yet effective groove! Fun fact: these patterns are often used in minor blues tunes.


Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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