#1
Yeah i was just wondering how many people use bass chords in there songs? i'm just wondering cos i wrote a song in just power chords on a bass
#2
Absolutely, though you're probably referring to double-stops. I use chordal shapes and arpeggios all the time, a lot of bassists do.
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#3
i love adding chords in as a variation to stuff, and experimenting with chord shapes, but it's probably because i started off as a guitarist.
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#4
i use my index and middle finger to pluck inverted power chords.

I think theres a name for it but i forget.
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#5
I sneak chords into songs with my band all the time, using them occasionally to start a riff or something i think sounds good
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#6
Hell yeah. Bass chording sounds heavenly.
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#7
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Absolutely, though you're probably referring to double-stops.

Aren't power chords double stops. I'm seriously a little confused at this point. Like I know double stops are just playing two string at a time right? So wouldn't a powerchord be a double stop?
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Yeah i was just wondering how many people use bass chords in there songs? i'm just wondering cos i wrote a song in just power chords on a bass
Are you refering to strummed chords or notes from chords used to construct Bass Lines?
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#11
yeah i normally put major and minor chords on the D & G string and sometimes power chords on the D & G to add umph
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#13
I think that power chords sound good on bass when slapping, like in "John the Fisherman" or something similar. I personally can't get chords to sound right on my bass, but then again, I haven't tried very hard.
#14
What about this?

5
5
3 = power chord

5
3 = double stop

correct? I'm pretty sure.

I occasionally play chords in our band's songs. I use the quick fanning out the fingers technique, I don't know the name. Rob Trujillo and Steve Harris use this I believe.


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#15
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Are you refering to strummed chords or notes from chords used to construct Bass Lines?

struming them
#16
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What about this?

5
5
3 = power chord

5
3 = double stop

correct? I'm pretty sure.


no, they're both powerchords
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#17
A power chord is root, fifth and octave, double stop is just root and fifth, LIke Zeelod said.
#18
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A power chord is root, fifth and octave, double stop is just root and fifth, LIke Zeelod said.


no, its a powerchord

it might be a double stop aswell but its still a power chord
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#19
If I were to play 5 and 5 (G and D strings), what would that be considered? That's what I'm talking about, at least.
#21
a double stop is when you play the root and the fifth, but the fifth below the root so it would look like this


--------------
-5-----------<root
-5-----------<fifth
--------------

a power chord looks like this

--7----------<root/octave (optional)
--7----------<fifth
--5----------<root
--------------
any questions?
#22
Technically, a chord has at least 3 notes in it.

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If I were to play 5 and 5 (G and D strings), what would that be considered? That's what I'm talking about, at least.


That might be a root and 4th? I don't know I'm not awesome with chording. Some of it does sound amazing on bass though.
#23
Play 2, 3, 4, and even 5 string chords all the time in the songs I write. They make the song sound really thick and deep, but the important thing is HOW you play the chords. Up-down strumming every eight note like a guitar doesn't sound right... however, strumming every quarter, or doing a long strum once and randomly picking a note in the chord can sound really nice.
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#24
I do. Go to www.myspace.com/gatheredheretoday and listen to the song Remembrance Of. During the last breakdown (a little after 3 minutes), when the guitars slide into the upper register to do the harmony I slide in with them and play a Dm7 triad. I think it sounds pretty good.
#27
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Technically, a chord has at least 3 notes in it.


Sorry to be a dick, but I have to clear this up. A power chord is never a real chord. A power chord only consists of either the root and the fifth, or the root, fifth, and octave. A chord requires three different tones, not notes, to be considered a chord. The octave is not a different tone from the root, so it's still technically a diad. If you were to play the root, the third, and the fifth, then you would be playing a chord.
#28
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If I were to play 5 and 5 (G and D strings), what would that be considered? That's what I'm talking about, at least.


I'm pretty sure that's a barre chord, but i could be wrong.
As for me I use octave chords, just cus they sound pretty.
#29
It seems to me that what some of you are describing could be played by a guitarist using an octave down pedal, there are some pedals that will go down two octaves.
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#30
Bass chords are fun. It makes your guitarist give you a funny look . I don't normally play bass chords in a band situation, but when playing by myself and with my own material I use them quite a bit.