Originally Posted by BassNStrings
............. Now, my quandary: the next lesson in Hal's book is the first few notes in the 3rd position on the G string.
I have spent the last few hours trying to get these new notes straight in my head and I'm not having a lot of luck. The notes and my fingers don't seem to click. Any advice to keep the notes sorted out in my head? I'm still riding that new bass playing groove and I don't want to lose it.
I do not know if this fits with the book you are using, however, to keep the notes straight as I change positions, I think in scale degree numbers not note names. A blues scale to me is the R-b3-4-b5-5-b7 scale degree notes of what ever scale I want to play in . I use the major scale box pattern and if I want the Blues scale in G I place the box's R note on the G note of the 4th string 3rd fret and then play the R-b3-4-b5-5-b7 scale degrees within the box. Doing that I play the G blues scale. Once I place the box's R note on the root note on my fretboard the pattern automatically place the correct notes for that scale under my fingers.
If I want to play the blues scale in C I place the box's R note on the C note 4th string 8th fret and use those same scale degree numbers. I'm not looking for note names, I'm looking for scale degree numbers within the major scale box pattern. Place the R note and trust the box to put the correct notes under my fingers.
Why do that? Keeping up with the note names is a chore, i.e. C scale has no sharps or flats. The E scale has 4 sharps. Which of the 7 notes in the E scale are sharped? I'd have to recite my memory peg; Fat Cats Go Down.... but, with my box and knowing the spelling of the scale I want those two items place my fingers on the correct notes. If you are not playing from standard notation you may get along fine not knowing the note name. Now if you are going to be playing from standard notation, well, then you need to forget about all of what I said above and the stuff below will be of no value.
I play Country and Praise and most of the bands playing that type of music pass among themselves fake chord or lead sheet music, neither of which have a bass clef; finding standard notation sheet music on those two is rather hard. My point, knowing how to play from scale degree numbers will have value.
Major Scale Box.
G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string
Here are some other scale degree patterns:
• Major Scale = R-2-3-4-5-6-7 Home base
• Major Pentatonic = R-2-3-5-6 Leave out the 4 & 7
• Natural Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7 Major scale with the 3, 6 & 7 flatted.
• Minor Pentatonic = R-b3-4-5-b7 Leave out the 2 & 6.
• Blues = R-b3-4-b5-5-b7 Minor pentatonic with the blue note b5 added.
• Harmonic Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-b6-7 Natural minor with a natural 7.
• Melodic Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-6-7 Major scale with a b3.
Let the major scale be your home base then change a few notes and you have something different. No need to memorize a zillion patterns. Let the major scale box pattern be your go to pattern - then adapt/adjust from there.
Hope that helps and does not send you off on a wild goose chase.