Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Basic Scale Theory ?

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Ankles, Feb 26, 2002.


  1. Ankles

    Ankles

    Jan 6, 2001
    BostonMA
    I am hoping you can shed some light on some basic chord/scale theory.

    My teacher is showing me some basic theory. We are working on building bass lines over chord charts. To do this he has me starting from step one.
    I have come across a stumbling block.


    When building chords (Ex: Off C major scale) there are 3 degrees I,IV,V7. Each chord consist of 1st,3rd,5th of each degree.

    I understand the chord (1,3,5) what I dont understand is, when I finish writing each chord off the 1st degree(C), why do I go to the IV degree (F) in stead of going to the 2nd note in the Cmajor scale(d).

    Hope I am making sense.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Ankles,
    I think what your teacher is doing is taking a very common chord progression, the I,IV,V which is found a lot in both rock and blues, and using that form to teach you how to create a line from a chord chart. He could have used any number of chord progressions. I often use the verse to Van Morrisons' "Brown Eyed Girl". I,IV,I,V.

    Hope this helps

    Mike
     
  3. Ankles

    Ankles

    Jan 6, 2001
    BostonMA
    That makes sense to me. I thought of that during the day today.

    He also said that we will start on the Major first.
    If I am correct the I IV V7 are the only majors off the cmajor.
    Is that true?

    Thanks a bunch!!!!
     
  4. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"