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Watch the Adding the 6 online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide

We have looked at some triad patterns, now let's look at some common patterns formed by adding the 6th degree of the scale, so again if we are in G major we would go up the scale until we get to the 6th note to find the 6 in a key. Starting from the root that would be G, A, B, C, D, and E our 6. These patterns are some of several common patterns you can create with the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th degrees of the major scale. As you listen to more blues bass lines you will discover other patterns using the 6 and be able to incorporate those into your own library of bass lines. Here are some sample patterns using the 6 in the 1-3-5-6 pattern.