Originally Posted by Fergie Fulton
More ground than many appreciate, the foundation theory as well as the developing of strength, fretting and plucking skills will keep a player occupied for months, and on through the years they will keep coming back to this info is some form or another in all the new ideas they will learn regardless of genre.
If they just decide to never go any further than this basic foundation then they will find it will again stand them in good stead.
I agree that the major and natural minor scale will keep you busy for a long time. Here is how I do them:
Bass Patterns based upon the Major Scale box.
Major Scale Box.
G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string
Want the C major scale? Find a C note on the 3rd or 4th string. Place the box's R over than C note then let the pattern place the correct notes under your fingers.
C Major scale at the 4th string 8th fret.
G Major scale at the 4th string 3rd fret.
A Major scale at the 4th string 5th fret.
Place the box and let the box give you the correct notes.
• 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.
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 pattern be your go to pattern - then adapt/adjust from there.
Very long story made very short. Major scale used for up beat happy songs. Natural minor scale used for minor sounding, some say, sad songs.
I play Country and Praise. We have over 200 songs in our gig book only one of them is in a minor key.
Get your major scale flowing, then take on the major pentatonic. Major pentatonic gives you three chord tones and two safe passing notes. Want to fake a solo? Play the chord's major pentatonic notes. Yes if it is a minor chord then play the minor pentatonic notes.
Have fun. We gotta do our scales so our fingers know where the notes are on the fretboard and our ears recognize the good notes from the bad notes.