Wheat's BassBook: A Comprehensive Method & Resource for the Electric Bass Guitar

An Assortment of Bass Chords

Some hold that the bass is not a chordal instrument (like the piano or the guitar). Obviously, no one ever told that to Marcus Miller, or if they did, he didn't believe them. While most of your playing with others will probably involve mostly single note lines and an occasional two note chord (a.k.a. double stop or interval), you'll also spend a lot of time playing the bass by yourself. Whether or not you incorporate chords into your bass lines, you can have a lot of fun (and practice a lot about theory) by knowing how to play them on your bass. Here is a small collection for your entertainment. All are in C and all are movable forms. Most omit one note of the chord, sometimes leaving the voicing somewhat ambiguous. Sometimes I've included intervals which function well as chords, even if they are not, in the most technical sense, chords. In the brackets after each note are the name of the interval (R, 2, 3, etc.), followed by the name of the note (C, D, E, etc.). Before the assortment is a table showing note names and their corresponding interval names in the key of C:
Note Names C D E F G A B C D E F
Interval Names R 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Five Chord Voicings (a.k.a. Power Chords):
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--10- [5,G]
--8-- [R,C]
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--10- [R,C]
--10- [5,G]
--8-- [R,C]
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--5-- [5,G]
--3-- [R,C]
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--5-- [R,C]
--5-- [5,G]
--3-- [R,C]
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Major Chord Voicings (a.k.a Major Triads):
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--5-- [5,G]
--7-- [3,E]
--8-- [R,C]
--5-- [R,C]
--2-- [3,E]
--3-- [R,C]
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--9-- [11,E]
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--8-- [R,C]
[Major] 6 Chord Voicing(s):
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--7-- [6,A]
--7-- [3,E]
--8-- [R,C]
--9-- [3,E]
--7-- [6,A]
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--8-- [R,C]
--9-- [6,A]
--9-- [3,E]
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--8-- [R,C]
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Minor 6 Chord Voicing(s):
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--7-- [6,A]
--6-- [b3,Eb]
--8-- [R,C]
--8-- [b3,Eb]
--7-- [6,A]
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--8-- [R,C]
--9-- [6,A]
--8-- [b3,Eb]
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--8-- [R,C]
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Major 7 Chord Voicings:
--9-- [3,E]
--9-- [7,B]
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--8-- [R,C]
--4-- [7,B]
--2-- [3,E]
--3-- [R,C]
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--4-- [7,B]
--5-- [5,G]
--3-- [R,C]
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--11- [7,B]
--9-- [3,E]
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--8-- [R,C]
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Minor Chord Voicings (a.k.a Minor Triads):
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--5-- [5,G]
--6-- [b3,Eb]
--8-- [R,C]
--5-- [R,C]
--1-- [b3,Eb]
--3-- [R,C]
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Minor Seven Chord Voicing(s):
--8-- [b3,Eb]
--8-- [b7,Bb]
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--8-- [R,C] 
--10- [b7,Bb]
--8-- [b3,Eb]
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--8-- [R,C]
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Dominant 7 Chord Voicing(s):
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--8-- [b7,Bb]
--7-- [3,E]
--8-- [R,C]
--9-- [3,E]
--8-- [b7,Bb]
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--8-- [R,C]
--10- [b7,Bb]
--9-- [3,E]
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--8-- [R,C]
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Diminished Chord Voicing(s) (a.k.a Diminished Triads):
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--10- [R,C]
--9-- [b5,Gb]
--8-- [R,C]
Augmented Chord Voicing(s) (a.k.a. Augmented Triads):
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--10- [R,C]
--11- [#5,G#]
--8-- [R,C]
Minor 7 flat 5 Chord Voicings (a.k.a. half-diminished chords):
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--8-- [b7,Bb]
--9-- [b5,Gb]
--8-- [R,C]
--11- [b5,Gb]
--8-- [b7,Bb]
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--8-- [R,C]
Diminished 7 Chord Voicing(s):
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--7-- [bb7=6,A]
--9-- [b5,Gb]
--8-- [R,C]
Major 9th Chord Voicing(s):
--7-- [9,D]
--9-- [7,B]
--7-- [3,E]
--8-- [R,C]
Minor 9th Chord Voicing(s):
--7-- [9,D]
--8-- [b7,Bb]
--6-- [b3,Eb]
--8-- [R,C]
Dominant 9 Chord Voicing(s):
--9-- [9,D]
--8-- [b7,Bb]
--7-- [3,E]
--8-- [R,C]
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