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No.40 Play Game Of Thrones on the Bass Guitar

November 2, 2019


Hi this is Greg from Greg Bass Shed,
welcome to the lesson. This is a follow up lesson from last week’s lesson No.39 How To Play The Game of Thrones Theme On the Bass..So there’s a accompaniment part
as well and that’s what I’m going to look at today. There’s a really great
bass line for Part Two, especially of the song…… etc etc, so it’s a really nice
running part there. so I’ll show you how to play that, I’ll show you how to play
the intro and the accompaniment, the first part and then the second part. Now I have written all this down with tab on a PDF and you can get that by following the
link in the description box below. There are two sheets, so the first sheet will
cover the intro and the accompaniment under part one, and the second sheet will
cover under part two. So make sure you download that. That’d be really useful
especially for the bit under part 2. Before I show you how to play these
sections I am going to explain to you about the rhythm. Now it’s the same rhythm
throughout, and the time signature is 6/8 which means six eighth notes in each bar.
So in 6/8, it is really divided into two beats, two dotted quarter notes. So one
and a half dotted quarter note is one and a half beats. So you’ve got two dotted
quarter notes and so that’s where you accent those. I’ll show you, this is an
accent sign and so an accent just means you emphasise that. So you go 1 2 3 1 2 3
3. So it’s got a bit of a swing in it, 6/8 time and you can hear that
throughout the theme. So for these bass lines, those dotted quarter notes are
broken down into two eighth notes and two sixteenth notes. So that makes
one of the quarter notes and then that’s repeated for the rest of the measure.
That pattern runs throughout so it’s…………….. So just get that timing in your head and
that’s all you need to know, rhythm wise, for all of the bass lines. Right
well I’ll play you the intro first and then I’ll explain how to play it. So it’s
quite interested in this intro because it changes from minor to major. So that’s minor because we’re starting on the C
here, and that second notes a minor third and then when it changes that note there is the major third so we
go from minor third to major third. so minor…….. major………so that third is
the only note that changes between those two patterns. So it changes from the
minor third to the major third. So I’ll show you how to play that. So we start with a G,
so we’ll start with the high G, so the twelfth fret of the G string and then
down to C. and that C is the 10th fret of the D string and then the minor third
13th of the D string and then up to fret number ten of the G string. So we
just repeat that pattern – those four notes, so eighth note – eighth note – 16th
note – 16th note With me after three, one two three. Then to play the next bit, major bit, we just shift our whole hand down a
half tone, a semitone. So we start with our little finger on G.
Back down to C, and then this time the major third and those three notes there
are nine ten and twelve on the G string. With me after three, one two three We’ll play through the whole intro now, so
start with your third finger on the twelfth fret of the G string, so G, and we play that pattern four times, and then we play the next pattern,
the major pattern, four times. So after three, one two three Okay that’s the intro, so I’ll show you
now the parts that are underneath the main tune for part one. You can look at
this bass line here as a sort of question and answer with the main theme. So the
theme goes….. when we hold that note there then we play this bass line here,
this kind of answering phrase which is….. So it’s one pattern played four times
and it’s the same as we play for the intro but on different strings. So on the
intro we played ………..that minor pattern, here, we just start on the D, so the twelfth
fret of the D string. So the theme………… Okay so with me, we’ll just try that, so if
you have your third finger on D, and we’re going to play that minor pattern
for the intro. So one two three Again one two three………… So that’s the first answering phrase underneath the tune part one and the next answering phrase,
we start on C so fret ten of the D string with our first finger. It’s a
slightly different pattern here……… and you’ll hear that, that’s what we used right at
the end of the theme. So we start with first finger on ten of the D string and
we go down to ten on the A string, 11 and 13. S again, the same rhythmic pattern,
eighth note – eighth note – sixteenth note – sixteenth note, 10 10 11 13 with me, one two three……….. and those two
patterns the first one starting on D and the next starting on C…………..we just
alternate between those underneath the main theme part one. So first we start
on the D then C, C D C so that’s the whole of the intro and part 1 so that’s
the first sheet on the PDF and if you haven’t got that you can download that
in the description below and now we’ll move on to part 2. Now this whole bassline here is a brilliant bassline. It’s a sort of broken chord/ arpeggio pattern
so it’s a really a study in itself this next bit. It might take you several weeks
or even months to be able to play this one and absolutely nail this one because
it is quite tricky. So I’ll play it for you first and then I’ll break it down
into stages. Right well this is broken down into two
lots of eight measures and the first six measures of each eight are the same each
time so you just learn the first section and then you just, it’s the tag at the
end really that changes the last two measures each time. So if we look at the
first eight measures, now every two measures we shift so we can start with
our first finger on C, of the D string so fret 10…… So 10 and then fret 11 of the E
string and then 11 of the A string and 13 of the A string
remember exactly the same rhythmic pattern as before so two eighth notes
and two sixteenth notes so with me, one two three……… just keep repeating that you kind of have to jump with your
second finger……. you can try barring it if you find that easier. I don’t find it
easy to get clean note for the next note that so that first section with me, one two three and then, what we actually do before we
change to the next chord we do………. that’s 10 11 11 10 so the whole of those two
measures……. okay it’s first menu and then the second measure we stay in the same
position, 13 with our little finger on the A string that first bit so, 13 11 10 11 13 and then to end that measure that’s the second half of the measure so,
13 11 10 and 13 so with me, one two three…… again, one two
three so the whole of that measure with me, one two three so those two measures which we will be playing in
the same position, are so try that with me and I know
it’s quite tricky to try and remember all that, so you may need to go away and
practice that. The PDF is definitely useful for this bit because it’s quite
hard to memorize it all and so you can kind of reference that. But we’ll try
all of that, so first finger on the tenth fret of the D-string
and after three, one two three and that’s the first two measures ,if we
move on to the next two measures we shift down so we start with our little finger on
the 11th fret of the A string and we move down to 8 on the E string, 8 on the
A string. 10 11 all on the A string so with me, one two three and again at the
end this measure ww change it slightly so…….. and that on the A-string is 8 11
down to 10 so with me that measure ,1 2 3……. again 1 2
3 and then this measure here, which is the fourth
measure so 10 8 on the E string, eleven on the
E-string, 8 on the A string and then back up to 10 I’ll show you the second half of that
measure so that’s 10 8 11 10 so the whole of that measure, one two
three…. with me, one two three and that’s the first four measures. So I’ll play the
whole lot for you. Remember there is one jump in the middle,
there is one shift. So that’s the first four measures and so you’ll probably need to
go and practice that one but I’ll just move on. After that we jump right down to
our little finger on fret number six the E-flat so So six on the A string, 4 on the E
string, three on the A string, five on the A string, up to six again and I’m playing this on the 5-string but
you can do it on the 4 as I’m not using the B string at all, so you can
play that on a four or five or a six and that’s just five six at the end of that
measure so with me, the whole measure, one two three again and then the next measure and actually
that measure is the only place that the rhythm changes, we just have 8th notes there, we don’t 16th notes so……. and that’s on the D string, three down to the
E flat which is fret six of the A string so three three six five five six so five
on the on the D string…….. okay so those two measures okay one two three and then we jump up with our first
finger to fret 10 on the D-string so that pattern is the same one that you notice
underneath part 1……. so 4 times and that completes that first 8 measures so if we
move on to the next 8 measures remember the first 6 measures we’ve just done it
exactly the same and then for the last two measures we played this pattern…….. we
played that down the octave, so 8 notes lower so play that down with me so first
finger on the third fret of the A string which is a C…….. okay so that covers part
two and that is pretty tricky to play I must say so make sure you get the PDF
what you can download below, take that in measure by measure, spend a bit of time
and then just build it up. Add the next measure on and play those two together until you are comfortable then add the next measure in, next measure and finally
if you have to do the whole lot. It’s a really great part and it sounds
brilliant underneath the theme. You can play it on
any bass instrument, you can play it with the left hand of the piano or double bass
even a tuba and it sound great obviously on the cello. So see how you get on with
playing that and please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear how are you
getting on, if you’re finding that particularly tricky, or if you really
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  • Reply giarusai83ss June 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks ✌🏼

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