How To Play Bachata Bass Guitar

You're interested in the music of Bachata, and you want to play Bachata Bass Guitar. Bachata is native to the Dominican Republic, and uses the rhythms of Meringue as its backbone. This article will help you play Bachata on the bass.

Things you will need:

  • Electric bass guitar
  • Amplifier
  • Cord
  • Bachata Recordings or sheet music
  1. Roots of Bachata. The first thing to do is to educate yourself about the roots of the music. History, culture, and heritage are important part of research and acquainting yourself to this stylized sound. Bachata, like much of Latin American music, has a specific beat pattern of 3-3-2; in other words, when counting beats you will want to count 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2. This is an important specific to remember, as many of your basic notes will be played on the beat. Also, Bachata is almost always played on an electric  bass rather than a bass violin.
  2. Playing Style. In Bachata, you will use a lot of arpeggios. Again, remember the beat; If you play an arpeggio against an "E" chord, you will go E-2-3-G#-2-3-B-2.  This will give you the backbone of the Bachata bass style.
  3. Finishing touches. It is often nice to add a melodic run to a song. If you are playing a verse with four measures, use the last measure to play a scalar run in eighth notes. If you are playing in major key, use a bouncy major-key run; if minor, use a mournful minor-key run.

With these basic elements in place, you should be on your way to playing Bachata bass in no time!

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