6 INSTANTLY Recognisable Bass Riffs (With Just 2 Notes)

In this bass tutorial, I'll teach you the pattern below and then how to play six famous bass lines that you will already know.

The notes are actually exactly the same but one octave apart. Learn this pattern well.

Most Common Bass Guitar Octave Pattern

Using just those notes, you can play these riffs which I'll show you in the video lesson:

  1. Gimme Some Lovin'
  2. My Sharona
  3. Immigrant Song
  4. Dance, Dance, Dance
  5. Car Wash
  6. Hotel California

In the lesson I mention other famous bass lines that are comprised of various different scales. Honestly, there aren't that many to learn in order to have a lot of bass lines just under your fingertips!

Here are those lessons:

  1. Natural Minor: 11 Amazing Famous Bass Lines (Natural Minor)
  2. Minor Pentatonic: Learn 11 Amazing Bass Lines (Minor Pentatonic)
  3. Major Scale: Learn 11 Amazing MAJOR SCALE Bass Lines
  4. Major Pentatonic: 9 Amazing Bass Lines (That Use Major Pentatonic)
  5. Dorian: 8 Famous Bass Lines That Use The Dorian Mode
  6. Mixolydian: 8 Incredible Bass Riffs You NEED To Know (Mixolydian)

Don't worry of those names (or music theory) scares you a little. It's just notes and once you learn them in a more organised way (that's really what scales are) you'll be able to make up bass lines easily and recognise them in music.

Back to this lesson and octaves. Music is absolutely awash with great bass lines that contain octaves. Learn the pattern, then learn the other octave patterns, then listen out for them in your favourite bass lines.

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