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The key of G has four chords in common with the key of C (G, C, Em, and Am). The

two new chords are D and Bm. As long as you are only playing 1-5 bass parts the D-

chord will be the same as the Dm. However, the Bm-chord will be totally new. Below

is a summary of chords and possible 1-5 bass lines in the key of G.

(Play all the previous progressions in the key of G.)



KEY OF D

The key of D has two sharps (F# & C#). You cannot complete a D scale in this

position. Descending from D will allow you to play all the notes but a low D while

ascending from D will allow you to play all notes but C# and high D. (When playing

all notes in the position observe that strings 3, 2, and 1 are fingered the same.)

NOTE: Strings 4-3-2 of the D scale form the SAME FINGERING PATTERN as

strings 3-2-1 of the G scale. (The D scale is the G scale transposed from string 1 to

string 2.)

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The key of D has four chords in common with the key of G (D, G, Bm, and Em). The

two new chords are A and F#m. As long as you are only playing 1-5 bass parts the

A-chord will be the same as the Am. The F#m-chord will be totally new. Below is a

summary of chords and possible 1-5 bass lines in the key of D.

(Play all the previous progressions in the key of D.)

KEY OF A

The key of A has three sharps (F#, C#, & G#). You can play a complete scale in this

position. Use the first finger to play both the G# and the A on the first string. (When

playing all notes in the position observe that strings 4, 3, and 2 are fingered the

same.)

NOTE: Strings 4-3-2 of the A scale form the SAME FINGERING PATTERN as

strings 3-2-1 of the D scale. (The A scale is the D scale transposed from string 2 to

string 3.)

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