• Gospel Bass Run

    in Gospel music

    Today’s “bass run” could actually be played on the bottom of yesterday’s “fill-in.” You’d have to try them out together to see if it works for you, ok?

    Shouting / Jubilant Bass Run in Ab Major (again):

    Note: Each note below must be played separately and in a rhythmical pattern (kind of like the “Make you wanna shout” laundry detergent jingle … you’ve heard it haven’t you?)

    Ab — C — Db — D — Eb — F — Gb — G — Ab

    Notice that the bass run above is just a cycle and can be played over and over again. This is the way I like to do it:

    a) I play the “Ab” first

    b) Then on the “C” right after it, I play that “C” lower than the Ab (not higher).

    c) After the “C”, I just work my way back up to the Ab

    d) So essentially, the “Ab” is the highest note because I drop down to the “C” and continue every note from there.

    e) After you get back to the “Ab”, then continue the pattern back to “C.” This is common in gospel music more than any other style.

    f) The faster you play it, the better it will sound!

    Does this make sense?

    Why don’t you try it and e-mail me if you have any problems, ok?

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    { 19 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 shawn

    i have been playing bass for alongtime but i seem to do the samething what can i do to better myself


    2 shawn

    thank you


    3 garypayton

    tring to learn to hold a grove when i play gospel shouting music


    4 Ade

    I LIKE it :)


    5 Robert

    Do you have a bass training series?


    6 Ebi

    I want bass lesson


    7 Ebi

    I want bass lesson and i have no teacher.


    8 Ebi

    I like this


    9 henry durden

    hey thanks for the info ima new bass player and would to bring our worship to a new level for the Holy Ghost Power to enter our service i have this part ab c db d and then back again cant seem to get the other part down its so hard for me to find some one to teach me i really only play gospel do you have any suggestions? I only want to praise our God thanks


    10 henry durden

    sorry man I just got it thanks


    11 Jim Meeks

    I play bass at my church, but the organ player plays so loud it is hard for the rest of us to hear ourselves. He has been told but ignores everyone. He also, plays bad chords. He will not practice with the rest of the band, tries to teach new songs to both the choir and the band at the same time. Oh, I forgot to say he is the pastor’s son.

    Should I quit, or stick it out?


    12 Jim Meeks

    Please advise soon. Today was no better. I have tried speaking with him and he refuses to hear not just me but others in the band. Help!!!


    13 faith

    I learn my bass by learning d r m f s l t d


    14 Bruce Rumph

    When will you have something for bass players?


    15 sally

    how do I play spontaneously with both hands


    16 Lucky

    I want to learn bass guitar


    17 luckyster

    nice one but i need beginner progression on sokus


    18 Olatunde Olakunle

    Please can u provide the right hand chords that goes with bass runs. Thanks


    19 get on top

    Thank you for sharing about how the Gospel Bass Run


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