Bass Beginner: the Major Scale (L#58)

Published March 20, 2012 in Beginners

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In this lesson, I'm talking about the major scale and why you should learn it. If you are a beginning bass player and you've heard this term "scales", you're probably asking yourself "What is a major scale?". Well, it's something you've heard since you were a little kid: it goes do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do and down… So a scale is just a sequence of notes played up and down. It can be major or minor, pentatonic or anything else, but don't worry about that yet: in this lesson I'm only covering the major scale.

Now you're probably asking yourself why you should learn scales instead of just playing bass lines. Well, you'll do both, but the reason why scales are so important is because they are the foundation of any melody, as I'm showing you in this video. Learning them will not only improve your technique dramatically, it will also allow you to better understand music and not "just play bass lines". Actually it will make your bass lines much better! When you're finished with this lesson, check out my lesson on how to practice scales on the bass.

But, one step at a time, let's explore the major scale!

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