Bass Guitar Scales: Major Scale Forms
Major Scales are pretty much the basis of music . As you continue to progress, you will understand why they are so important.
I have not gone into structure here--you can learn that in the Music Theory section. Right now I am just going to give you some basic movable scale shapes. The first two start on and are named after the 4th string:
The Grey dots indicate the root (name) of the scale. In this example, the Grey dots are located on the note "F".
The scale form that you use depends on which position is the most convenient for the particular song and gives you the sound that you want.
Practice both forms until you are able to play them smoothly and make them sound like music. If you don't have a metronome, now would be a great time to invest in one.
Here is the next pattern:
What would this scale be called if it started on the 5th fret? If you said "D", you are absolutely right! If you are unsure of the bass guitar notes, please review Bass Guitar Basics These, and ALL scales, are the foundation of your playing. Learn them well and you will never regret the time you spent learning them!
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