Major triad arpeggios - root position fingerings

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another bass technique lesson. 


In this one we will talk about major triads, specifically about the fingerings available in root position.


Arpeggios are the key note of a scale, representing the foundations of music and the staple of your daily practice. A daily practice on scales is very important too, but when it comes about playing in a band and doing your job as a bass player, you will play arpeggios for the most part of your gig.  


Major triad arpeggio has a root, major third and fifth. The single notes are called chord tones, and they define if a chord is major or minor through the third.

Seen from another perspective, arpeggios are part of a scale played every other note. 

It must be noted that every arpeggio has more than one fingering option, and that’s exactly the point of this lesson, where we will study the available fingerings for the major triad on the lower octave of the bass. What you will see in the next slides is a sort of road map of the various positions of each type of arpeggio in the key of C: getting used to these positions through daily practice is essential to achieve more confidence on your instrument and, in some way, play in a more intuitive way.

How to use the charts: first of all, this lesson is based on the low octave positions, and the notes of your interest have been highlighted. Beside the note you will find a number from 1 to 4, representing the finger that you need to use to play that note, number 1 being the index, 2 the middle, 3 the ring and 4 the pinky.
As a general rule, consider that in the vast majority of cases, and with the due exceptions, all the other keys will have the same fingerings as C. 


Once you will be confident with the Cmajor triad in different positions, as shown in the next slides, you will be able to play almost all the other keys just by moving up or down on the fretboard. 


I’ll leave you now to the Cmaj triad arpeggio charts. Make sure to practice daily on these positions and soon you will see improvement in your technique and knowledge of the instrument. 

That is it for this lesson. First of all, take your time to really absorb those positions, and use them as a tool to expand your knowledge of the fretboard, referring to them when you want to try a new fingering. It won’t happen overnight, but practice and patience will improve your musicianship!

Thank you for reading and happy practice!

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