Playing fills on any instrument is a great way to add tasteful excitement to a line or a groove. This, naturally, applies to the bass as well! Whether they add drama, help drive a groove, or are just there to sound cool, learning how to add fills to your bass lines is an important skill for any bass player.

In her course, Bass Fills & Thrills, Ariane Cap enlightens you to creative strategies she uses when crafting her own bass fills.

Here are three free bass guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Ariane Cap’s Bass Fills & Thrills on TrueFire!

Bass Guitar Lessons – Chromatic Colors in Fills: Demonstration


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Here I demonstrate a few ideas for using chromaticism in fills. A good tactic is to pick a few target notes that fit, such as the fifth or root of the chord, and line up your fingers to create a chromatic run towards it.

Bass Guitar Lessons – Fill By Sliding Into a Phrase: Demonstration – Ariane Cap


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Here are two more examples for fills with slides. This time we’re sliding into a short phrase.

Bass Guitar Lessons – Take It Up!: Demonstration – Ariane Cap


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This is a variation on the groove and fill exercise. The basic principle is to play the groove up and octave as a starting point for your fill ideas.

Digging these free bass guitar lessons? Check out Ariane Cap’s Bass Fills & Thrills.