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Bass scales in tab, notation and movable scale diagrams. A complete reference for bass guitarists of all styles and abilities.

Use these scales in your basslines, songwriting, riffs and improvisation.

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Continue scrolling to see all the scales, or use the links below to jump to the part of the page you need.

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Introduction to Bass Scales

Having a good knowledge of bass scales will help you to come up with better bass lines and solos. Practicing bass scales is also one of the best ways to improve the speed and fluency of your playing. Because of this, scales should be an essential part of every bassist’s practice routine.

On this page you’ll find a selection of some of the most commonly-used scales for bass guitar. Use them in your basslines, solos, songwriting, practice and warm-ups.

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Bass Scales TAB & Fretboard Diagrams

For each scale on this page you’ll find:

  • Information on the scale
  • Bass TAB for playing a 1-octave scale with a tonic note of E in open position.
  • A movable bass pattern for playing the scale with any tonic note. Play up from the 1st green note in the diagram to the 2nd for a 1-octave scale.
  • Bass TAB for playing a 1-octave scale with a tonic note of A using the pattern provided.

You can find out how to read bass TAB on this page: How To Read Bass TAB.

You can find out more about movable scale patterns on this page: Guitar Scale Patterns.

Pentatonic Minor Bass Scale


The pentatonic minor is one of the most commonly-used scales in rock and pop music. Use it to compose riffs and bass lines and also to improvise bass solos.

Further information on playing the pentatonic minor scale on bass (including additional TABs and patterns) can be found on this page:Pentatonic Scale Bass TAB & Patterns.

E Pentatonic Minor Bass Tab – Open Position

The bass TAB below shows an E pentatonic minor scale:

E pentatonic minor bass TAB

Pentatonic Minor Bass Scale Pattern

You can also learn this scale with a scale pattern. Below is a bass scale pattern for the pentatonic minor scale:

Pentatonic minor bass scale pattern

A Pentatonic Minor Scale TAB

Position the above pattern at the 5th fret in order to play an A pentatonic minor scale, as shown in the TAB below:

A pentatonic scale bass TAB

The basic pentatonic pattern can be moved up and down the bass neck in order to play the pentatonic scale with any tonic note. For example, you could position the pattern at the 3rd fret for a G pentatonic minor scale.

Complete guide to playing pentatonic scales on bass guitar:Pentatonic Scale Bass

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Pentatonic Major Bass Scale


The pentatonic major bass scale is a five note scale that produces a clear, open sound. It is suitable for use in major chord sequences and for improvising over major chords. Compare its sound to that of the minor pentatonic scale.

E Pentatonic Major Bass TAB – Open Position


Pentatonic Major Bass Scale Pattern

Use the scale pattern below to play the major pentatonic scale in multiple keys:

Pentatonic Major Bass Diagram

A Pentatonic Major Scale

Play the bass pattern shown above in 4th position (i.e. with your index finger ready to play notes at the 4th fret) in order to play an A pentatonic major scale, as shown in the TAB below.

(Play the first note with the 2nd (middle) finger of your fretting hand, so that your 1st (index) finger is ready to play the notes at the 4th fret.)

Bass Scales - A Pentatonic Major Bass TAB

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Blues Bass Scales


The blues scale, as its name suggests, is often used in blues music. It is also widely used in rock, jazz and pop music.

The blues scale is basically a minor pentatonic scale with an added note; the diminished (flattened) 5th. This note is known as the ‘blues’ note. Learn where the blues note falls in the scale and accentuate it for maximum effect.

(If you’re not sure which note the diminished 5th is, simply compare the blues scale with the pentatonic minor scale shown above; the extra note in the blues scale is the blues note.)

Further information on playing the blues scale on bass (including additional TABs and patterns) can be found on this page:Blues Scale Bass TAB & Patterns.

Below is the blues scale with a root note of E

E Blues Scale Bass TAB

E Blues Scale Bass TAB

Blues Scale Pattern for Bass

Use the pattern below to play blues scales all over the fretboard:

Blues Scale Bass Diagram

A Blues Scale TAB

Play the above pattern at the 5th fret for an A blues scale, as shown in the TAB below:

A Blues Scale Bass TAB

Complete guide to playing blues scales on bass guitar:Blues Scale Bass

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Major Scale


The major scale is one of the first bass scales you should learn. Knowing the intervals between the notes of a major scale is important in understanding all other scales.

Once you know the sound of the major scale and the scale patterns needed to play it in all keys, learn how it can be changed in order to make other bass scales.

Further information on playing the major scale on bass (including additional TABs and patterns) can be found on this page:Major Scale Bass TAB & Patterns

E Major Scale Bass TAB

E Major Bass TAB

Major Scale Bass Pattern

Major Scale Bass Diagram

A Major Scale TAB

Use the scale pattern above to play the major scale with any root note. For example, if you want to play an A major scale, play the pattern with your fretting hand at the 4th position, so that the 2nd (middle) finger plays the first A note at the 5th fret:

A Major Bass TAB

Complete guide to playing major scales on bass guitar:Major Scale Bass

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Natural Minor Bass Scale


The natural minor scale sounds good with many minor chord sequences. It uses the same notes as the major scale with a root note a minor 3rd (3 frets) higher. For example, an A natural minor scale uses the same notes as a C major scale, and an E natural minor scale uses the same notes as a G major scale.

The natural minor scale is the same scale as the Aeolian modal scale, so by learning it you get two scales for the price of one!

E Natural Minor Scale Bass TAB

E natural minor scale bass TAB

Natural Minor Scale Bass Pattern

Natural Minor Bass Scale Diagram

A Natural Minor Bass TAB

Use the natural minor scale pattern to play the scale with any tonic note. In the TAB below, the above pattern is used to play an A natural minor scale at the 5th fret.

A Natural Minor Bass TAB

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Harmonic Minor Scale


The harmonic minor scale is one of several minor scales. It is most often heard in classical music (in general, the natural minor scale is used more frequently in rock / pop music), but you’ll often hear it in metal, too.

If you compare the harmonic minor scale to the natural minor scale, you’ll notice that only the 7th note is different.

E Harmonic Minor Bass TAB

Harmonic Minor Scale Bass Pattern

Harmonic Minor Scale Bass Pattern

A Harmonic Minor Scale Bass TAB

The above pattern can be used to play the harmonic minor scale with any tonic note. In the TAB below the pattern is being used to play an A harmonic minor scale:

A Harmonic Minor Bass TAB

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Dorian Mode Bass Scales


The Dorian modal scale has a folky sound, and is the basis for many folk melodies – one of the best-known of which being ‘Scarborough Fair’.

The Dorian scale is also one of the most widely-used modal scales, and sounds good against minor seventh chords with the same root note.

E Dorian Scale Bass TAB

E Dorian Scale Bass TAB

Dorian Scale Bass Pattern

Use the pattern below to play the Dorian modal scale with any root note.

Dorian Scale Bass Diagram

A Dorian TAB

Using the pattern above at the 5th fret results in an A Dorian scale, as shown below:

A Dorian Bass Scale TAB

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Mixolydian Bass Scales


The Mixolydian scale is a modal scale that is commonly used over dominant 7th (7) chords. This is because it contains the minor 7th interval, which is also present in the dominant 7th chords. Try playing (for example) an E Mixolydian scale over an E7 chord to hear this effect.

The Mixolydian scale is also the basis for many folk melodies.

E Mixolydian Bass TAB

E Mixolydian Scale Bass TAB

Mixolydian Bass Scale Pattern

Use the scale pattern below to play the mixolydian scale with any tonic note by moving it up and down the fretboard.

Mixolydian Scale Bass Diagram

A Mixolydian TAB

Use the pattern above to play an A mixolydian scale on your bass by starting the scale at the 5th fret, as shown in the TAB below:

A Mixolydian Bass TAB

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Phrygian Dominant Bass Scales


This is a very atmospheric scale with a distinctive Eastern sound. It can be used to great effect in metal bass lines and solos.

E Phrygian Dominant Bass TAB

E Phrygian Dominant Bass Scale TAB

Phrygian Dominant Bass Pattern

Use the bass scale pattern below to play the Phrygian domainant scale with different tonic notes.

Phrygian Dominant Bass Diagram

A Phrygian Dominant Scale Bass TAB

The above pattern could be played at the 5th fret for an A Phrygian dominant scale, as shown in the TAB below:

A Phrygian Dominant Bass TAB

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Chromatic Scale


This bass scale can be used to create interesting effects and lines. It is also very good for developing left-right hand coordination and as a pre-gig warm up.

1 Octave Chromatic Scale Starting On E Bass TAB

Chromatic Scale Bass TAB

Chromatic Scale Bass Pattern

There are several approaches to playing chromatic scale on the bass guitar. In the pattern below, the 4th finger of the fretting hand plays two notes on each string.

Chromatic Scale Bass Diagram

1 Octave Chromatic Scale Starting On A

The pattern above can be used at the 5th fret to play a 1-octave chromatic scale with a starting note of A. This is shown on the following TAB:

A Chromatic Scale Bass TAB

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How To Use Bass Scale Diagrams

All of the bass scales on this page are shown both in TAB and as movable (transposable) scale pattern diagrams.

Instead of learning the individual notes of each scale (as shown in the TABs), many bass guitarists learn scales in the form of ‘patterns’ or ‘shapes’. These patterns represent the physical positions in which the fingers are placed on the fretboard in order to play the scale.

Essentially, a scale pattern is a graphical representation of a standard bass guitar fretboard. The tonic notes of each scale (i.e. the ‘C’ notes of a C major scale, or the ‘E’ notes in a E Dorian scale) are represented by green circles in the diagrams. All of the other notes in the scale are shown as black circles.

The tonic notes shown in the diagram should be positioned over the relevant notes on your bass guitar’s fretboard in order to play the scale with the desired tonic note.

For example, if you want to play a G minor pentatonic scale, then position the pentatonic minor scale pattern at the 3rd fret (so that the green circles on the diagram correspond to G notes on your fretboard).

By learning the scales as patterns you’ll be able to play the scales with any tonic note simply by moving the patterns up and down the bass neck and playing them at the desired position.

Note: on this page each scale is represented by a single pattern. There is more than one way of playing the same scale, and each scale can be represented by multiple patterns. Bassists often learn multiple patterns for the same scale to avoid having to play the scale in an uncomfortable positions on the fretboard.

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Further Reading

  • Want this (and more) information at your fingertips? Check out our printable Bass Scales, Chords & Arpeggios Book. The book also features multiple diagrams per scale. You can see sample pages, and download the book, here: Bass Scales Book.
  • Learn to play chords on your bass guitar: visit our Bass Chords page.

4 Essential Bass Guitar Scales: A Beginners Guide

One of the fundamental building blocks of a bass guitar education is learning to play scales. Not only does learning to play scales give you an understanding of what notes are contained in a specific key and their corresponding chords, but learning to play bass guitar scales can help you to develop an ear for different tones. Bass scales, for beginners, can also help you to increase your finger dexterity -- maneuvering along the fretboard to play notes in a given scale -- and later applying that knowledge to play or write guitar solos.

So, what are bass scales? A bass scale is a series of notes played in a specific order, up and down the neck of your instrument. Every scale is made up of eight notes that are called an octave. The tone of each of these notes in an octave remains the same whether you’re playing them on bass, guitar, or ukulele. Every scale starts and finishes with a “root note.” This note bookends the scale and the final note of the octave is the exact same note as the one your scale started with, just raised one octave higher.

There are different types of bass guitar scales. Each one serves their own purpose and lends a different feel when applied to a song. Let’s learn more about the different types of bass scales and some of the different genres where you’ll hear or play them.

1. The Major Scale

The major scale is the most common and important type of bass scale. Many songs are written in a major key, making use of a variety of major scales to set the tone. In terms of sound, a major scale has a bright and cheery feel when you listen to it.

Regardless of whether you’re playing a C Major scale or a G Major scale on bass, all major scales use the same formula of intervals in their construction. Intervals are the “steps” between each note -- either a whole note or half note. While there are eight notes in a single octave, that means there are seven steps in between each of those notes.

The major scale formula is:
• Whole step
• Whole step
• Half step
• Whole step
• Whole step
• Whole step
• Half step

Let’s apply that formula to the G Major scale. The G Major scale on bass can be heard in a wide variety of popular songs. Once you start playing it and committing it to memory, you’ll be able to listen for it and recognize it in some of your favorites. Starting with the root note of G, the G Major scale makes use of the formula above and strings together the following notes:

Root (1st) note: G
• 2nd note: A (whole step)
• 3rd note: B (Whole step)
• 4th note: C (Half step)
• 5th note: D (Whole step)
• 6th note: E (Whole step)
• 7th note: F# (Whole step)
• 8th note: G (Half step)

When playing the G Major scale on bass, it’s helpful to know where to place your fingers on the fretboard. One of the easiest ways to visualize that is by using tablature. Sometimes known as “tabs,” tablature uses a series of lines and numbers to show you what notes to play.

In order to read tablature, the lines on a tab chart represent the strings on your bass, with the bottom line representing the lowest-toned string (E). The highest line on the chart represents (you guessed it) the highest toned string on your bass (B). The numbers on a tablature chart represent which fret you’ll place your finger on -- on a particular string -- in order to play the correct note.

Check out how to play the G Major scale on bass using tablature:

G Major Scale (enlarged)

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2. The Minor Scale

Standing in sharp contrast to the Major scale, the Minor scale has a darker, more murky tone. When you hear the minor scale in songs or by itself, it typically lends a sad, downcast feel. As one of the most important bass scales for beginners, learning to play minor scales can help you to recognize and create music that has a greater range of emotions when played.

Like the Major scale, the Minor scale has its own formula that applies to every minor scale, regardless of the root note that serves as its starting point. The Minor scale formula is:

• Whole step
• Half step
• Whole step
• Whole step
• Half step
• Whole step
• Whole step

To see that formula in action, let’s apply it to the C Minor scale. This scale is one of the best minor scales for beginner bassists to learn to play since it’s found in a number of popular songs. The C Minor scale pops up quite a bit in the blues and jazz genres.

Here’s how the Minor scale formula would be applied to play the C Minor scale.

Root (1st) note: C
• 2nd note: D
• 3rd note: Eb
• 4th note: F
• 5th note: G
• 6th note: A
• 7th note: Bb
• 8th note: C

With that formula in mind, bass tabs can help you learn how to play the C Minor scale and where to place your fingers in order to sound the correct notes in the correct order. Here is one way to play the C Minor scale on bass:

C Natural Minor Scale (enlarged)

Now that you know the formula to create a Minor scale and have seen how to play it using tablature, Fender Play can show you how to play the C Minor scale on bass, building speed, finger dexterity, and a working knowledge of this important bass scale that you can apply to countless songs.

3. The Major Pentatonic Scale

While the Major scales and Minor scales are among some of the most important scales for musicians to learn, there are still even more scales that can lend a whole new dimension to your playing and increase your knowledge and appreciation of music.

One of these other types of scales is the Major Pentatonic scale. Unlike the Major and Minor scales that are made up of 7 notes (technically 8, if you’re counting the root note twice), the Major Pentatonic scale consists of just five notes. These pentatonic scales get their name from the Greek word “penta,” which means “five.” The Pentatonic Major scale can be heard in a ton of different musical genres. You’re just as likely to hear the Pentatonic Major in a heavy metal tune as you are a classic blues song.

The Pentatonic Major scale formula removes specific notes from the standard Major scale formula. It omits the 4th and 7th notes from the formula, leaving you with just five notes. While your root note will always remain the same in either a standard Major scale or a Pentatonic Major scale, your Pentatonic Major scale will only consist of five notes: G, A, B, D, and E.

Let’s compare the two, using the G Major scale vs. the G Major Pentatonic scale on bass:

G Major Scale:

Root (1st) note: G
• 2nd note: A
• 3rd note: B
• 4th note: C
• 5th note: D
• 6th note: E
• 7th note: F#
• 8th note: G

G Major Pentatonic Scale:

Root (1st) note: G
• 2nd note: A
• 3rd note: B
• 4th note: omitted
• 5th note: D
• 6th note: E
• 7th note: omitted
• 8th note: G

Now that you understand more of the musical theory behind pentatonic scales, let’s take a look at how to play the G Major Pentatonic scale on bass using tablature. Don’t just listen for those notes, but take a look at the structure of a pentatonic scale and the numerical patterns (which frets you play) to help this scale make more sense to you:

G Major Pentatoni scale (enlarged)

Armed with both the musical theory behind this scale and a visual of how to play it using tablature, check out Fender Play to see, hear, and practice drilling the G Major Pentatonic scale for yourself.

4. The Minor Pentatonic Scale

Like the Major Pentatonic scale, the Minor Pentatonic scale is made up of five notes. The Minor Pentatonic scale, however, has its own unique formula that can be applied to construct this type of scale. Like the regular Minor scale, the Minor Pentatonic scale has a sadder, more dramatic tone to it than its Major Pentatonic counterpart. You’ll hear the Minor Pentatonic scale in jazz, blues, and hard rock / heavy metal genres, lending that mysterious, downtrodden tone to a song or musical composition.

The formula for constructing a Minor Pentatonic scale involves a few different steps. In addition to omitting the 2nd and 6th notes of a given standard scale, the Minor Pentatonic scale flattens both the 3rd and 7th notes of that scale.

Let’s compare and contrast the C Minor scale vs. the C Minor Pentatonic scale for bass:

C Minor Scale:

Root (1st) note: C
• 2nd note: D
• 3rd note: Eb
• 4th note: F
• 5th note: G
• 6th note: A
• 7th note: Bb
• 8th note: C

C Minor Pentatonic Scale:

Root (1st) note: C
• 2nd note: omitted
• 3rd note: Eb
• 4th note: F
• 5th note: G
• 6th note: omitted
• 7th note: Bb

Understanding the musical theory behind constructing a Minor Pentatonic scale makes it easier to play. Here’s how you would apply that formula and translate it to tablature format, playing the C Minor Pentatonic scale on bass:

C Minor Pentatonic scale (enlarged)

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Bonus Genre Scales

While the formulas behind playing both major and minor scales, as well as their pentatonic scale counterparts are universal and can be applied using any root note, there are a few other types of bass scales that are more commonly associated with different genres of music.

Once you’ve mastered some of the Major, Minor, and Pentatonic scales we’ve mentioned here, you can branch out and practice a few more bass scales that give flair to your playing. As you learn more different types of bass guitar scales, you’ll deepen your knowledge of your instrument, as well as learn to identify which ones appear in your favorite genres and songs.

Here are a few genre-based bass guitar scales that you might want to incorporate into your toolkit.

Blues Bass Scale

If low-end grit is your thing, you might find yourself gravitating toward learning to play the blues as your genre of choice. Whether you play it on a six-string guitar or a four-string bass guitar, the blues scale formula is actually a variation on the pentatonic major or minor scale.

What makes the blues scale different is that it adds a sixth note to a pentatonic major or minor scale, which is often called “the blue note.” It’s this extra, chromatic note that gives this essential scale its unmistakably soulful tone.

To construct a blues bass scale, you’d use the following formula:

• Whole step and a half step
• Whole step
• Half step
• Half step
• Whole step and a half-step
• Whole step

Let’s take that formula and apply it to create an A Minor Blues scale:

A Minor Blues Scale:

Root (1st) note: A
• 2nd note: C
• 3rd note: D
• 4th note: D#
• 5th note: E
• 6th note: G

The A Minor Blues scale is just one of many different scales you’ll hear within the blues genre. You can take this formula and apply it to any scale to give it a distinctive, bluesy tone. And while musical theory is certainly important in understanding what gives a specific genre its own style, ultimately, it’s the application and emotion behind a song that plants it firmly in one genre versus another. Knowing the notes that correspond to a specific blues scale can help you to create basslines that have a bluesy feel to them.

Expand your knowledge of playing the blues on bass and explore Fender Play’s Blues Form Basics to learn essential techniques and skills associated with the genre. From there, put those skills into practice and learn to play some blues songs on bass for beginners. From “Killing Floor” by blues pioneer Howlin’ Wolf, to the legendary John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom,” to blues virtuoso Robert Cray’s “Phone Booth,” you’ll get to try your hand at some walking blues basslines and listen to the impact each note makes as you work toward improving your skill and style.

Funk Bass Scale

Funk is more than just a musical genre, it’s a way of life that brings a shoulder-shaking feel to a song. More than any other musical genre, the bass plays a key role in driving the beat-heavy sound of funk. While epic, shred-heavy guitar solos may be the backbone of heavy metal, a thumping bass groove is what gives funk its character.

With that in mind, there isn’t a specific funk bass scale that’s used to construct many a funk song. However, the E Minor Pentatonic scale is one that pops up frequently within the genre.

Using the Minor Pentatonic scale formula we talked about earlier, here’s how you’d construct the E Minor Pentatonic scale. Check it out and then listen for these notes in some of your funk favorites:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale:

Root (1st) note: E
• 2nd note: omitted
• 3rd note: G
• 4th note: A
• 5th note: B
• 6th note: omitted
• 7th note: D

Learning how to apply certain types of scales to your playing can only enhance your knowledge. Everyone knows you can’t fake the funk. With that in mind, expand your horizons and listen to some of the most influential bassists in the genre. The bass stylings of Parliament Funkadelic’s Bootsy Collins is a fundamental part of a funk music education, as is the work of the late, great Rick James. Learn to play Rick James’ iconic funk bassline from “Give It To Me Baby” and explore some of the other great funk songs on bass for beginners in Fender Play’s library.

Jazz Bass Scale

Like its younger cousin Funk, and its big brother the Blues, Jazz is another genre that relies heavily on improvisation and creating a mood. However, the genre knows the rules of musical theory before it breaks them.

Some of the most common scales you’ll hear in jazz are the major and minor pentatonic scales, as well as the Ionian scale. (Pro tip: “Ionian” is just another name for the Major scale and uses the exact same order of whole and half-steps as the Major scale.)

While the blues genre often leans toward moodier minor scales in song construction, jazz often has a brighter, more zingy sound that’s more at home with the major scales. (Not to say that there aren’t jazz songs that use minor scales in their construction. Again the cardinal rule of learning to play bass or any other instrument is to know the rules before you break them!)

Learning more about jazz scales on bass and the genre itself can help you see its influence on other genres and where they are similar. For instance, take a look at jazz bass devotee Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While RHCP were early pioneers of the alternative rock movement, the band incorporated a diverse range of elements in their sound, including funk and jazz. Flea’s bass playing is one example of jazz’s influence on rock and funk. Bootsy Collins, one of the forefathers of funk also favored the Fender Jazz bass, as did studio legend Jaco Pastorius and Rush’s Geddy Lee. While prog-rock legends like Rush might not necessarily be the first band you’d associate with jazz, one listen to Geddy Lee’s bass playing and the sonic structure of many of Rush’s songs and you’ll hear that knack for improvisation that’s a hallmark of jazz.

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Learning to play scales is a major part of mastering bass guitar. They can help you develop your ear and deepen your appreciation for the aspects that give each genre its own unique character. Learning to play bass scales can also help you build up finger speed and dexterity in your practice. Eventually, that can translate to playing and crafting basslines in songs and enhancing your knowledge of your instrument.

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How To Improve Your Skills As A Bass Guitarist

If you’re one of the lucky musicians to pick up a bass guitar, then you’re in for one hell of a ride. Every band needs a bass player, and if you can keep a steady and slick rhythm going, you’re going to be in high demand. The Bass guitar isn’t as well-known as a regular guitar, but it can be as versatile, and is played across many genres. It’s certainly just as necessary, because what is a song without rhythm?

To build up your skills as a bass guitarist, you should study and practice a few things, one of them being your scales. Any scale you can play on guitar can be played on the bass, so don’t think that just because you have less strings, you can skip out on learning scales. Scales are important to any musician, regardless of the instrument (maybe percussive players can get away with it though).

The reason scales are so important is that they show the relationships between different notes, and you can easily see which notes sound good with others. They are the foundation of songs and musical pieces, and they’re useful for communicating a ton of information with other musicians. You can put a bunch of musicians together in one room, who have never met before and don’t play the same style, and tell them to improvise a certain key, and they can pull it off. But to be like that, you’ll need to build your foundation first, and the best place to start is with scales.

For a bass guitar player, scales are easy to learn because they follow patterns. Take a look at the tab for the A Major Scale on bass. It should be quite easy to visualize and memorize the patterns. When you have this pattern down, take a look now at the A Minor Scale. You’ll notice it uses many of the same notes and it’s similar to the major scale. Of course, you want to make sure you don’t mix up both of these scales though, and that you take time to really understand the patterns.


Now, that you know these bass guitar scales using A, did you know that these same patterns can be played anywhere on the third or fourth strings? If you wanted to play a C Major Scale, all you’ll need to do is take that A Major Scale and play it on the 8th fret of the 4th string. Similarly, C Minor can also be played by taking the A Minor scale you just learned and playing it on the 8th fret. That’s the great thing about scales; once you learn one pattern, it’s transferable to any other key.


The major and minor scales are perhaps the most important scales to know, but there are many others you should look into as a bass player as well.

Next, try finding a pentatonic, blues, or jazz scale to play around with.

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[Bass Practice] C Major Scale Exercise with tabs


I'm tired of making music tabs so I thought I'd perhaps share with
you guys some music theory. For this "lesson", I'll be explaining
the pattern for a music scale. As you already know, a scale is a
selection of notes within an octave. There are different kinds of
scales (major, minor, etc.), but I'll be discussing the major
scales right now. A major scale is constructed with the following

W — W — H — W — W — W — H

W: whole step
H: half step

You can pretty much build any MAJOR scale using that pattern.
Some examples...

C Major scale.


As you can see...

C: root
D: whole step from C
E: whole step from D
F: half step from E
G: whole step from F
A: whole step from G
B: whole step from A
C: half step from C

Next, we will try an Eb Major scale.

Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb


Eb: root
F: whole step
G: whole step
Ab: half step
Bb: whole step
C: whole step
D: whole step
Eb: half step

Lastly, a D Major scale.

D E F# G A B C# D

Yeah, you got it.

D: root
E: whole step
F#: whole step
G: half step
A: whole step
B: whole step
C#: whole step
D: half step

And that's it...

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I got up early on Sunday morning. The rising sun was shining. The air was fresh.

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Volodya got the lower half and, kissing his legs, he penetrated his face between the thighs, hanging for a long time at the coveted place. Apparently, he was not very embarrassed by the fact that before that, I fucked my wife and a minute ago, in her pussy, there was my penis.

Knowing how my acquaintances who visited the zone would react to this, I was somewhat surprised by his act, although for some reason personally. It was very pleasant to me.

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First, he didn't want to be admired too much. Secondly, Rachel had no habit of the sun. Thirdly. The cape, which there was nothing to fasten for, did not want to be friends with Rachel, stubbornly falling off her and winding up on Korndike.

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