A complete guide to bass chords – open position and movable chord shapes and how to play them.
Most of the time, bass guitarists stick to playing single-note lines. This ‘traditional’ approach has evolved for a reason; it’s all too easy to overload the low end of a song with a wall of bass sound. Oftentimes a more spartan approach is more effective.
That said, in certain situations playing bass chords will allow you to create new textures and interesting effects. You may want to fill out the bass part of a song, to create an intro, or to achieve a ‘bigger’ sound if you play in a small group.