Create Bass Lines With Only FOUR Arpeggios

There are only four arpeggios that you really need to know and understand to start being able to make up your own music...

They all come from one key, so once you understand how they're related to each other then you start to gain magical superpowers. Well, many people believe musicians who can do anything are somehow special but, really, learning a few crucial ideas well is how they do it. This is one of those ideas.

I recommend you check out this lesson first.

The 7 Arpeggios From C Major

Then watch this video.

It's really incredible how much bass playing there is to be had from the simple universal rule of a harmonised scale.

In the key of G Major, here are your seven arpeggios (shown here with the roman numeral system commonly used by musicians):

  • I - GMaj7
  • ii - Am7
  • iii - Bm7
  • IV - CMaj7
  • V - D7
  • vi - Em7
  • vii - F#m7b5

Don't underestimate that seemingly weird looking bunch of symbols. If you want to master the bass guitar and are half serious about doing so, learn that sequence!

Remember to watch this video as I show you how to make up lines in some more detail. There are also backing tracks for you to practise to:

The 7 Arpeggios From C Major

Master these arpeggios and their relationship to the major and minor key and you'll be able to:

  • Create bass lines
  • Identify lines by ear
  • Play chords
  • Play arpeggios
  • Play triads
  • Jam and improvise better

Related Lessons

I send 1 email every Sunday with free lessons, pro tips, gear, gig advice and more. Your details will not be passed on or shared with any other party. Privacy policy.

Online Bass Courses Dan Hawkins Bass Store

If you get any value from my lessons and would like to help keep this site running and the weekly lessons flowing, click the button below for a small donation. Even something small really helps me cover running costs!

  • That’s great information re: use of modes, arpeggios, pentatonic scales and how they can be used. Makes more of the pieces of my knowledge fit together.

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

    The Bass Guitar Resource Book

    I send out a newsletter every Sunday packed full of bass tips, news, and lessons, plus if you sign up you get my free Bass Guitar Resource Book. You can't find this anywhere else so don't miss this special offer!