Can anyone recommend a place on the web where I can find all, if not, tons of bass scales??? Maybe Instructions on how to play them? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!! 😊
Here's all of them; well.....
Here are lots of scales. Start at the top, they get more esoteric further down.
There are great lessons on this site.
I did a little survey of scale guides and the ones usually mentioned first are:
4. Major Pentatonic
5. Minor Pentatonic
Go buy a copy of the Bassist Grimoire, it is nothing but scales and tons of them, more than you have ever heard of assuredly.
What is a "bass scale"? I didn't know that scales were relative to the instrument on which they're played... :ninja:
The most comprehensive and practical guide to scales and arpeggios( chord tones) Ive ever come across is Joel Di Bartolo's Serious Electric Bass. There is also a great Jeff Berlin chord tone exercise book on scribd.com for free. Chord tones define harmony. Scales are a bit more ambiguous. Major, Dominant, Minor, Half Diminished are the starting point. Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, HW diminished, and WH Diminished next. You'll run into all of the "cool" scales when you start digging into the modes of the harmonic and melodic minor. Scales are great but don't neglect chord tones.
Learning chord tones are as important as the scales themselves.
"burns_isaac" mentioned Jeff Berlins chord tone exercise. Here it is :
Bass Scales do indeed relate to the Bass Clef, but more so to the instrument.
In my opinion there is an order to learn scales, not just for the note information, nut the physical demands as well.
Scales will tone and strenghten the hands and fingers to be able to cope with the demands of playing bass. On a Double Bass some intervals are large and require large spans, so learning scales on a bass should have a different approach to other instruments to lessen the chance of injury or strain......even just to make learning to play enjoyable rather than a chore.
First off a player should learn a C scale, learn its composition and how to harmonise it. This is important because you will use this scale time and time again as a reference. Even though it is a closed position scale it is easy to learn at 'A' string third fret, or 'E' string eighth fret.
Then learn the scales of the open strings in Major and Minor form (natural minor will do), so E, A, D, G, and again learn there composition and harmonised triads.
This alone will provide any new player months of exercise and practice to give them a foundation of what is to follow.
Yes lots of scales is information, but to a new player it is useless information, confusing information......maybe even boring information.
But once this info and practice has served its purpose, it is only a case of expanding this info a little at a time to create new ideas and therefore learn new information......but based on what you know and understand.
Do not "collect" scales, practice and use the ones that will give you a meaningful purpose and application in use.....rather than learn and never use them.
To me scales are the building blocks not the structure, what you build from them is what matters, what you take from a scale is as important as what you leave behind....its what is within the scales, not the scales themselves that matters.:)
Bass scales don't exist, there is just scales !
a little theory crash course would do wonders instead of just learning patterns
We all know what the OP meant, there's no need to be so uptight.
If you're playing scales on the bass, then they're bass scales. The ones that MisterFabulous lists are the ones I have learned so far. I agree that it isn't a great idea to just endlessly play scales & modes, but if you play the scales & modes and the chords within them, it gives you a sense of which ones are used for which styles of music, and of the harmonics of the scales/chords. I usually spend around 25% of a practice session playing scales.
If you want to actually play music and sound……uh…….musical, learn chord tones and the diatonic chord sequence first. Then learn how to connect them with scales.
This may be a chicken/egg thing, but most guys who just focus on scales sound like they are playing scales and not music. Also, just practicing scales hurt my ability to hear and negatively affected my ear training (a number of well known players also say this).
So learn music the same way you learned to talk, words first (chord tones) and then learn how the letters form the words and how to form phrases (modes, notes and scales). You will be talking in no time:)
In learning scales first you remove the information from them, as opposed to learning a chord tone and trying to add to it. For example G13.... Where does the 13 come from? It is in most cases easier to learn the framework and work within it, rather than try and build and learn a frame work as you go and add to it parts you do not have a reference to.
Yes it is a chicken/egg situation and those that learn scales can sound like they are running scales because they are, and those that learn chords/chordtones could not play a line if their lives depended on it.
Nothing to do with the theory, its the person, some people will never ever get music. There is no right to music, no one has the right to get it, you either do or you don't.
Yes we can all increase our understanding of it, but does not guarantee the skills to play it or function within it no more than learning scales over chord tones does....its the application that matters.
So yes you may be talking in no time, but you may be a Cliff Clavin among men......just sayin'...;)
Wow! Thank You to all that applied good material and advice to reference to!!! I really appreciate it, y'all! I just want to expand My skill and have a lot more avenues open up for My playing and creating. I've been playing for 18 years and have a great ear, by now, and a great sense of timing and rhythm. As I think one obviously should when playing a rhythm instrument and for playing for so many years. 😄 Just been hating the feeling of hitting time-to-time creative road blocks within My band. Not to mention, I want to be more and add more input in making new material. I want to help My bandmates be better and help take some weight off of them by creating songs, Myself, and also starting new songs to hand to My bandmates to work with. Also, to have an interesting sound to hand off to them with the stuff I come up with. This advice will pitch Me in the right direction, I feel. Once again, thank y'all!
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