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Broken Arpeggios

This exercise is a great way to learn patterns used in walking bass lines that can also be applied to other types of bass lines and styles of music.

A broken arpeggio is an arpeggio that doesn't necessarily play all the notes in an arpeggio or in the "correct" order. Below are 6 different examples of these arpeggios outlining the notes to the most commonly played chords, Major, Minor, Dominant 7, Major 7, Minor 7 and Half Diminised which is also known as a Minor 7b5 chord.

These patterns play each alternate note of the arpeggio up and down the neck and when used in a walking bass line they can help to create a more interesting bass line using the notes of chord verse just playing up and down the arpeggio which can become a bit boring and predictable.

All the examples are in the key of G as it allows you to play from the lowest notes on the bass to the highest. Learn the best fingering patterns (there may be more than one!) for all of these exercises. Once the patterns are commited to memory you can use them in any key just simply shift the pattern up and down the bass neck to the appropriate spot. For example to play these patterns in A begin on the 5th fret of the E string.

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