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Bass Chord Pro

bass chord proBass Chords sound amazing!!!

There’s just something about chords on bass that’s just so much more satisfying than when a guitar player plays them or a piano player plays them.

Maybe it’s just because you’ve heard a million guitar and piano players mess with chords – but very few bassists.

Well we’re going to have to change that today!!!

What Is “Bass Chord Pro?”

Try not to judge it on it’s cheesy name…it’s actually kinda cool!

The whole point of “Bass Chord Pro” is to give you everything you need to be able to put together awesome sounding bass chords that let you:

  • Play “Solo Bass”
  • Increase your harmonic knowledge
  • Fill out the sound of your band
  • “Plug And Play” all of the most useful bass chord shapes
  • Increase your understanding of chords and intervals
  • Get rid of bass chord ‘muddiness’
  • Create “shell voicings of common chords
  • Learn all about ‘voice-leading’
  • Get crystal-clear bass chords

You don’t need to know any fancy theory, and you definitely don’t need to read any music – it’s all shapes and patterns that you can literally ‘plug in’.

I’m really excited to be able to bring this to you (and to be honest, I am kinda pleased with the cheesy as hell name – but I do love everything cheesy…)

And here is the first video in the series! We start off pretty basic, just covering the best major chord shape and how to create it…

 Click Here To Download The PDF Chart With All Of The Major Chords As Well As Their Corresponding “Shell Voicings”

The next video is all about major chord inversions.

We get pretty intense from here on in. It’s a lot of knowledge and experience condensed into just 8 bite-sized videos.

If you haven’t already signed up for Bass Chord Pro, quite frankly, I’m shocked and amazed. How can you deprive yourself like that?!?!?! You must have amazing levels of self-control!!! 😛

But to get the other 7 videos in Bass Chord Pro sent straight to you, just put your name and best email address in the blue box at the top right of this page.

Then, over the next few days, you’ll see the videos showing up in your email inbox! These are exclusive to Become A Bassist subscribers! They’re not available anywhere else on the Internet.

I’m looking forward to showing you everything in Bass Chord Pro – so sign up now and I’ll see you in video #2.


Bass chord

P.S. To watch this lesson on YouTube, here is the link:

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42 Responses to Bass Chord Pro

  1. Noel December 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Great! Really helpful…

  2. Jack January 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Luke- I found you on the web. Do the base cords you have in PDF work for upright double bass?

    Thanks Jack

    • Luke McIntosh January 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Hey Jack!

      These kinds of chords are a little bit trickier on upright bass – just because it’s a bigger instrument, the notes are further apart, and it takes a bit more physical effort to pull sound out of the double bass.

      However, the shell voicings in the PDF work fairly well for double bass. Because there are only two notes, it’s much easier! Sure – you don’t get quite as rich a chord, but you save yourself from any injury trying to play three notes simultaneously on the upright. Also, it’s a lot easier to intonate 2 notes rather than three!

  3. Carl February 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    what kind of strings do you use on the maple neck? Thanks, Carl

    • Luke McIntosh February 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey Carl,

      I can’t remember what strings I had on my bass when I shot those videos, but pretty much all the time I just use standard gauge roundwound strings. It’s just a preference for me. I like the sound of the roundwounds. They’re nice and clear for me!

      Hope this helps!


      • eddie/San Diego June 4, 2017 at 1:07 am #

        So you like the round wound, better than the flat wound strings?

        What is the difference? between them. Everyone is saying the sound is better than the round wound.
        I listen to the different strings in a video on youtube over and over and I heard a little more punch and bass with the flat wound.
        Close in the sound, maybe a little better. I;m still trying to see if they are worth the extra cash.
        Are the flat wound feeling like a tighter string? Someone said that.

        • Luke McIntosh June 5, 2017 at 6:31 am #

          Hey Eddie. Roundwounds aren’t necessarily ‘better’ than flatwound strings – it’s just a matter of preference. Some people like the sound and feel of the rounds, others prefer the sound and feel of the flats. They definitely sound and feel quite different.

          The flats are smoother to the touch and do usually have a higher string tension, so they are a little tighter. The rounds feel rougher to touch and aren’t quite as tight.

          In terms of sound, the flatwounds have more of an old-school sound – they’re quite dark and mellow and because they’re flat, they don’t give a lot of squeaky string noise. The roundwounds on the other hand have a much brighter, more aggressive sound which make them perfect for slapping or any kind of music where you need that brighter sound. For example, lots of punk bass players have that very bright sound that you can only get from round wounds.

          If you’re thinking about switching from rounds to flats, see if you can find a bass with flats and see if you like the sound and feel of them. If you do and can swing the extra cash, go for it! You can always change back later. Personally, I prefer using roundwounds – it suits the kinds of music I play, and the strings in the video are roundwounds.

          Hope this helps Eddie!

  4. Jose Peter May 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    how do I adjust these lessons to a 5 string bass

    • Luke McIntosh May 26, 2014 at 6:00 am #

      Hey Jose,

      These will still work with a 5 string, and in fact – they’ll give you more options. The shape can stay the same (as long as your bass is in standard tuning) and you can move it all over your fingerboard. If you’re playing with the root note on the E-string, just don’t play your low B. If you bring the shape down so the root note is on your low-B, all you have to do, is not play the G-string.

      Does that help?


      • James June 10, 2016 at 7:53 am #

        Great variation on the 5-string Luke, about to go home from office and will try this out at home. Thanks and happy weekend 🙂

  5. Ralph May 24, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    These major chords will also, at least for now, work on dominant chords as there’s no 7th involved yet, right?
    thanks for the series!

    • Luke McIntosh May 26, 2014 at 5:55 am #

      Hey Ralph,

      You’re totally right. These will work for dominant chords, although as they are right now, they’re more like a shell of a dominant chord – but we’ll be ‘beefing them up’ in a few lessons time. Right now though, you can substitute the Type I Major voicing for a dominant chord.



  6. Ralph May 24, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    and also, could i use, instead of fingers 1-4-3/2, fingers 1-3-2 to keep my pinky free to add the octave outside of the chord-usage?

    ps, your pdf say A major on the first page

    • Luke McIntosh May 26, 2014 at 5:57 am #

      Yeah Ralph – that’s an option. If your hands are big enough and it doesn’t hurt, feel free to use the 1-3-2 configuration. Be careful about adding the octave in there though. You run the risk of the chord starting to sound a bit muddy. Experiment a little and see what you like the sound of!

      In the higher register it’s not such a big deal, but down low, it can get a little muddy.



  7. Dizzy January 17, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    i am starting out and my hands tend to cramp while trying this what is the best way to get over this?

    • Luke McIntosh January 20, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

      Hey Dizzy – great question. If you’re just starting out, rather than playing all of the chords in the lowest position, try going up your neck to around your 8th-10 fret. The frets will be closer together up there and it will make it a little bit easier.

      The other thing to think about is your level of relaxation. If your hand is cramping, that most likely means that your squeezing pretty hard with your thumb and using WAY more muscles than you really need to. It’s a fairly common thing for people just starting out. Try finding the point where you can use the LEAST amount of force with your left hand and still get a good solid sound. And you do this by taking a note on any string, placing your finger over it, and slowly apply pressure. Eventually, when the string reaches the fretboard, you’ll get a buzzy, weak kind of sound, but when you apply a little more pressure, all the buzz will go away. THAT’S the least amount of pressure you need to use.

      Obviously in the real world, you’ll probably end up using more, but the point of the exercise is to show you how little you have to do. Anything more than that is wasted energy and excess muscles being used, and that is what’s most likely cramping up your hand.

  8. Jw January 21, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    I was on your website some time ago and there was a few more videos on the different chords. I can no longer find them, Do I have to subscribe to somethin?

    • Luke McIntosh January 21, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Yes you’re right – all the chord videos are exclusively for email subscribers. They’ve never actually been made public on the site, although there were a few upright bass videos that dealt with using chord drones to improve intonation. Could you have been thinking of those?

  9. Bodie January 22, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    Hi, i can’t see your right hand on the strings. On these chord charts, Are you picking the strings with your fingers individually OR are you fanning across the strings with your thumb or pick.

    • Luke McIntosh January 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Great question! I’m actually filming a lesson today that answers that exact question as a bonus to the Bass Chord Pro series, so if you’ve already subscribed, it will be showing up in your inbox very soon!

      • Ian January 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

        Hi Luke

        I’m also interested in seeing this video about your right hand technique. I have a habit of muting with my right hand as I go up the strings.

        • Luke McIntosh January 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

          No worries! I had a few people ask about the right hand technique, so I made a bonus lesson about that and I’ve included it as part of the Bass Chord Pro series. If you’ve signed up for Bass Chord Pro, you’ll be getting the right hand technique lesson very soon!



  10. Danny Lee February 3, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    Hey Luke,

    Is video 2 out yet? Searching the site, and I can’t find it. the shapes in this video helped a lot.


    The Old Guy

    • Luke McIntosh February 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

      Hey Danny! Yes – video two is ready for you. I see you signed up to the newsletter. Video two is right in that first email you got after confirming your subscription!

      Glad you like the lessons and the shapes!


  11. Stacey March 28, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    Great website, and awesome content. I’m happy to see you doing so well. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

    • Luke McIntosh March 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

      Stacey – so good to hear from you! I’m glad you’re liking everything here. That’s great – I will most definitely keep at it. I’m going to have to hit you up next time I’m in the States for a hang!

  12. Ray April 20, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Hey Luke
    I have just subscribed and run through Bass Chords 1 & 2 …. and all I can say is this is brilliant, I love this stuff and the way you explain matters is superb. I’ve tried to understand books on bass chords for years but you’ve got me hooked & underway, I cant wait to master these 8 videos.

    Thanks again


  13. Bill July 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    I just want to say thank you very much so many other bass players play only scales and that’s it I’ve always felt there was always more to a bassguitar then just playing One route note and a scale thank you so much for your wisdom and your knowledge this will help me put it altogether thank you Bill

    • Luke McIntosh July 15, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      Glad you like it all Bill – and you’re right. There is much more to bass than just roots

  14. David July 27, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    I am new to bass guitar and I want to be a professional and great bassist.

    • Luke McIntosh July 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Awesome David – you’re in the right place. Let me know if I can help you at all with any and all things bass-related!


  15. Glenn September 12, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Will we automatically be sent lesson 3 when it’s ready for viewing?
    Thanks Luke

    • Luke McIntosh September 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

      Hey Glenn – Yes it will. As long as you’re signed up, all of the lessons will be emailed to you automatically.

  16. Gil October 21, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Hey Luke,
    I enjoyed the first bass chord lesson. I play both the string bass and electric.

    • Luke McIntosh October 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

      Glad to hear you liked it Gil! That’s fantastic news – I’m sure you’ll like the rest of the series too!


  17. frank clulow October 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Love your teaching style Luke, I was an educator for 25 years and you have the knack. my bass playing is improving in leaps and bounds.

    • Luke McIntosh October 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

      That’s great to hear Frank! Let me know how you go with all of the lessons!


  18. Saulomn Vandijk October 7, 2017 at 12:20 am #

    thank you for the videos and very helpful.

    • Luke McIntosh October 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

      Thanks a bunch Saulomn – I’m glad you’re finding them helpful!

  19. Alex Nine October 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi Luke!! Alex Nine here. Your site rules!!! I downloaded all the chord charts awhile back. Starting to study them again and I was hoping to see the videos for Major add 9, Augmented, Fully Diminished, etc. Can you point me in the right direction? Thank you so much for doing this site :D!!!

    • Luke McIntosh October 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      Hey Alex! Thanks so much for the kind words – and no worries. I can email you the link to that video directly. If you have any questions about anything, just let me know.




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