Non Triad Chords

The most common chords that you're likely to play as a bass player are chords that are non triad, three part chords.

The vast majority of chords that you'll find yourself playing are going to be made up of a root, a third and a seventh. Many times, the root and the seventh will be in root position while the third will be up an octave. This creates a very open sounding, versatile chord that can be used in a variety of ways.

Playing them is not all that difficult. To play a non-triad chord, you simply play the bottom not with your thumb, the middle note with your index finger, and the top note with your middle finger. If the stretch is much too wide, you can change up your fingering to accommodate the stretch that is required.

These chords make great primers for many of the larger chords that you'll encounter. Besides sounding very solid and powerful on their own, they also tend to fill out the main parts of a larger number of more complex chords, allowing you to color them with additional tones as you see fit.

Along with the variety comes the flexibility. These happen to be the most commonly used chords in my arsenal due to the fact that they tend to fit the vast majority of the situations that I'll encounter. Any time I need a seventh chord, I tend to use one of these since they cover everything quite nicely and still allow breathing room for the notes to blend together well.

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