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A Tonic....

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Chili, Sep 11, 2005.


  1. Chili

    Chili

    Mar 8, 2005
    Newcastle/England
    i no this sounds pretty dumb, but what is a tonic? i'm new to all this scale stuff

    and also what is a semi tone? agen i no this sounds dumb but i really need to no
     
  2. Andy On Bass

    Andy On Bass

    Sep 10, 2005
    England
    Have a read of Jazzbo's Scale and Chord Theory article here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125519

    This will definately clarify what a semitone is (throughout the article) and there is a reference to what 'tonic' means in the vocabulary section! Hope this clears things up for you!
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The tonic is just the first note of a scale. Like in a C scale, the tonic is C. It's also known as the root.
     
  4. Chili

    Chili

    Mar 8, 2005
    Newcastle/England
    kool thx for both ur help, i am using this site to learn scales:

    http://www.jazclass.aust.com/scales/scamip.htm#f

    but its actually for keyboard, is it still possible to learn what i want to no from that site? or is there anyother sites like that for bass with some audio n stuff, and if that site is ok will i just have to ignor all the B after the scales since we dont have black on bass
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I fully believe that in order to REALLY understand theory, it helps to have a keyboard, because you can actually see the notes laid out in front of you, rather than looking at a bunch of frets that look pretty much identical. I might suggest getting a cheap keyboard. You don't have to be good at it, but it really helps to be able to bang a few notes and chords out on it.