Bass minor cords

Anyone have fingering for Bass minor cords?


Have you taken the B2B course yet? Im pretty sure he covers minor arpeggios at some point (don’t recall where).


@mottglenda check out this thread:


I find that barring a fret and adding the 5th with the ring finger on the A string and plucking E A and G strings sounds the best.

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Really? I think the A-string based chords (or D/G string power chords) sound way better in the mix, the E-based ones get muddy fast. That said I don’t chord too much on bass (greatly prefer guitar for this).

Regardless, first I want to echo Pam’s question - @mottglenda, are you asking about chords, or arpeggios/scale intervals here?




Indeed no time for that. If it’s chords, just go root-5th :grin:

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Power chords have no major or minor identity.

The “easiest” way to play major and minor chords on bass is to play root-10th (root on E string; 10th on G string).

But, yeah, first things first:




I know two main ways to play them.

  1. Pick a root on e.g. the A string (e.g. D, fifth fret), move one string up (to the D string), and go two frets lower (3rd fret, F), that’s your minor third. Move another string up (G string) and one fret back (2nd fret, A), that’s your fifth. Then you can add other notes.

  2. Play an arpeggio. Pick a root note, move 3 frets higher (e.g. start on 5, go to 8) to find your minor third. Move one string up (next higher string) and one fret back (in the example, 7th fret) to find your fifth. Add any other notes you like.

You can also move back down through the notes and “end” on the root. I think for starters this ending should be on a chord change in the song, e.g. the first beat, to emphasize that you now play the low root.

Inverting the root one octave up doesn’t work as well on bass, as the lowest note might sound like the root and mess up people’s expectations.

Hope this helps!


If you want an E-string based chord shape, fret the root, the fifth, the octave, and then either barre the G string down from the root for the minor, or fret one note higher on the G string for the major. These are the E-shape barre chords. Ignore the two highest strings here:



These can be quite a stretch on bass though, especially below 5th fret, and as I mentioned, I don’t really think E-string rooted chords sound very good on bass. A and D string rooted power chords sound way better IMO.

I actually am generally not a fan of anything but power chords on bass. Most others get real muddy fast IMO. Really prefer guitar for this.

But this still begs the question of if the OP was asking about chords or chord tones/arpeggios :rofl:


My go-to minor chord is just a root-third.

If you want to play Gm, then middle finger goes on the 3rd fret of the E string and pinky goes in the 3rd fret of the G string. Boom, Gm!

Great thing about bass is that it works anywhere on the neck with the same shape. Just find the root on the E string and play that shape and you have the minor chord.

Cm? 8th fret on E, 8th fret on G.

Fm? 1st fret on E, 1st fret on G. OR, 13th fret on E, 13th fret on G.

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Did you mean Root-Flat Third?

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Minor third is simply a third. It’s not flat. A flat minor third would otherwise be known as a “second” interval :slight_smile:

We know the chord in question is a minor chord, so I would have just called it the “third” too. The minor third is only flat in relation to the major third, which is a different interval.


Yessir, my apologies for not being more specific. Root-minor third for minor chords and root-major third for major chords (major is just a half step up from minor on the G string, same root!)


a root + 3rd is also technically an interval or dyad and not a chord though many people will argue that it is…but that’s music :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: It gains context from the other instruments being played.