I often get asked by my students, how to make up your own bassline, when all you have is a sheet with chord symbols.
I want to show you in a multipart lesson about so-called "bassline building" how you can quickly come up with some good-sounding basslines, when all you know is the chords of the song.
The most important approach is to learn which notes belong to a particular chord symbol and to play them as an arpeggio. If you play an arpeggio you play the notes of a chord one after the other contrary to playing them simultaneously like a guitarist or keyboarder would do.
In this first installment I show you the "major arpeggios" i.e. the chord tones of major chords. We talk about some standard fingerings and as playing arpeggio can sometimes be demanding for the fretting hand I show you some exercises for your finger-fitness. We'll finally apply those fingerings in different basslines to accompany major chords.
Take a look at a few example pages and one of the instructional videos: