Guitarlesson for Beginners and Intermediate Guitarplayers: D Major Piece in 6/8 with Alternating-and Moving Basslines.

Today a short article with a guitarlesson for a piece in D major with using alternating and moving basslines.
Next blog I will return to U2 and Edge and the sound of delay, for today this short lesson with a video to back up the lesson for you to listen to.

The six/eight feel does have two accents in the bar: The accent are on the One and the Four. You can count one bar of Six/Eight as follows: ONE two three FOUR five six. The capital letters are for the accents in the bar.

                        What is alternating bass?
 A rhythmic figure which moves the bass: It is common practise to play Root and Fifth of the chord, but it depends on what you like and the rhythm of song. The bass is played first, followed by the chord, then next bass is played followed, again, by the chord. 

                   What is a moving bassline?
A melodic pattern, which is played in the bassregistre on the fretboard of the guitar, to connect one chord to the next chord. When played well it creates an enhanced sound to the chordsequence.

Here is the tab. for the song, the chords are all common, open chords which most of you will know.

          
           D           D               D                             G             G             G

 E ———————-    ———————-   ——————–   ———————–

 B ———————-    ———————-   ——————–   ———————–

 G ———————-    ———————-   ———————  ———————–

 D –0——————-   –0——–0———-   ———————  ———————–

 A ————-0——–   —————–4—2-  ————2——–  —————–0–2-

 E ———————–  ————————  –3——————  –3———-3———

            D          D                                              G             G                             

 E  ———————-    ———————–   ———————   ————————

 B  ———————-    ———————–   ———————   ————————

 G  ———————-    ———————–   ———————   ————————

 D  –0——————-   –0———-0———  ———————-   ————————

 A  ————0———   ——————4–2–  ————–2——   ————–0———

 E  ———————–  ————————-  –3——————-  –3————–3–2—

           Em             Em           Em                                 A            A              A      

 E ————————   ————————-   ———————   ————————-

 B ————————   ————————-   ———————   ————————-

 G ————————   ————————-   ———————-  ————————-

 D ————————  ————————–   ———————-  ————————-

 A —————-2——-  ————————–  –0——————–  –0———-0———-

 E –0———————  –0————-0–2–3–   ————0———-  —————–3–2–

          Em           Em                Em                                                         D

 E  ———————–   —————————    ———————–   ———————-

 B ————————  —————————-    ———————–   ———————-

 G ————————  —————————-    ———————–   ———————-

 D ————————  ——————-2—0—    –0——————–   ———————-

 A ————-2———-  ————————–4–  ————0———-   ———————-

 E –0———————  –0————————–  ————————   ———————- 

                                                                                                              /
                                                                                                           (let chord ring for one bar)


The technique for moving basslines is universal and can therefore be used to connect any chordsequence. Experiment with some of your favourite chordsequences and see if you can think of some basslines which will spice up the sequence in a musical way.

Here is the video for this lesson:




Enjoy for now and hope to see you soon with more updates from our U2 journey.
Eddie