Minor triad arpeggios - root position fingerings

Hi guys, and welcome back to another lesson from ebassacademy. In this and the following ones I will talk about minor triads. More specifically, in this first one you will learn the different available fingerings for the minor triad, in root position. First of all, let’s check what’s different between major and minor triads. 

As we already know from a previous lesson, the first of the two is based on the root, major third and fifth,


Major third


while the second has a root, minor third and fifth, and belongs to a list of minor scales, from the Dorian to Phrygian, Aeolian, Melodic and Natural, that will be subject for a future lesson. 


Minor third



Therefore, the difference from the major triad lays in the third, having been lowered half a step in a minor arpeggio. Just like for the major, in this case too we can define a minor arpeggio as part of either one of the previously mentioned minor scales, played every other note, as you can see here. 

C Dorian minor scale

The following charts will give you the available fingering options for the minor arpeggio triad, in root position, key of C, on the low octave of the electric bass. Remember that the number besides the highlighted note stands for the finger you need to use to play that note, number 1 being the index, 2 the middle, 3 the ring and 4 the pinky.

Practice the previous fingerings and memorize them, one at a time. With some practice and  patience, you will be able to think and play those positions without too much thought or effort. 

Thank you for reading and happy practice!

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