Episode 6: C Blues, Bassline I

Summary: Learn the roots to a simple 12-Bar C Blues Bassline

Transcript: Welcome back to Nanoversity of Jazz Pogcast at leahpogwizd.com! Each week, you’ll get a micro-lesson in bassline construction.

It’s been a while since the last episode, but I’m happy to be back with a new format. I took the last few months to move across the country, recover from an injury, and train for a second career. I’m also sad to report that I lost Lola – the poster-cat for the Pogcast.

For March 2019, we’re going to learn a series of basslines for a simple 12-Bar C Blues progression. This week, for Bassline I, we’ll learn the roots to this progression.

The two main goals of a bassline are to provide rhythmic drive and outline the chord changes. One of the ways we do this is by (usually) playing the root of a chord on beat 1 of each bar. Bassline I outlines three chords – the I Chord (or “do” in Solfege), the IV Chord (or “fa”), and the V Chord (or “sol”).

Before I talk about how to practice Bassline I, I want to show you how these roots fit into the circle-of-fourths. You can see here that the chords represent the top arc of the circle. G is a perfect fourth below C, while F is a perfect fourth above.

To practice Bassline I, sing and/or play along with the MuseScore tracks – linked in the video description. I’ve included tracks in bass and treble clefs to accommodate various instruments.

Each episode, I’ll end with a brief tip. This week’s tip is to practice basslines – even if you’re not a bassist. It will help your time-feel and harmonic understanding. If you’re a drummer or vocalist, you can use a piano, guitar, electric bass, etc.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check out the blog at leahpogwizd.com and subscribe to the YouTube channel. Feel free to ask any questions or offer any feedback. Thanks for watching!

Author: Leah Pogwizd

Bassist and Instructional Designer

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