#1
I'm a bit new to creating bass lines and as I play trumpet and didn't get bass lessons or anything for a while, i'm quite new to the whole chords thing too

Basically, if i'm in say, C, and my guitarist plays an E chord, what can I play? Is it just E G(#?) or B or can I play any note in the E scale?

And what if the note is the 3rd or 5th of a chord, but not in the original key, can I still play it?

Cheers
#2
If it's truly in the key of C major you won't find E major in it, but out of key notes are common. To sound "safe" the root and fifth are notes that will always "fit". Other chord tones are then the next "safest" notes, then after chord tones would be scale/,ode tones then any other notes.

There's no rules to what note syou can or can't play. Jsut keep practising and let your ears judge what works best in what situations.
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#3
There should be a thread on walking basslines in this forum. I would pick up a book on walking basslines just because the fundamentals of it are an incredible foundation for your improv.
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#4
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There should be a thread on walking basslines in this forum. I would pick up a book on walking basslines just because the fundamentals of it are an incredible foundation for your improv.



Which is right here: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=607576
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