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Open E and A Position Chromatic Bass Runs
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Open E and A Position Chromatic Bass Runs

What we are playing here is a rockabilly rhythm with a chromatic type run as part of a pattern. You can flatpick here, which has its own flavor, and what you get is a quick upstroke with that old timey feel.

I’m playing the E chord in the beginning and then I quickly get out of there to play an A or an open A9th by playing only the second fret on my D string. So we get a little melody with that difference between our 1 chord and our 4 chord.

And what you get is a full, flowing, walk up and then back down, and each one’s a pluck, a pull off. You can experiment mixing those up together. The possibilities are endless.

The open D position will work well with the chromatic runs as well. So have fun with this, try new ideas and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Until next time,

Arlen Roth

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Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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