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Books for 5\6 String Scales and Modes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by socialleper, Jul 29, 2019.


  1. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I have the Bass Grimiore and one of those little gig bag books to help me quickly reference scales and modes. I find them to be very useful. However, they and just about everything else I can find are for 4 string basses with standard tuning. Are there books out their that cover a full range of scales and modes, even the weird and exotic ones, for 5\6 string basses with extended ranges?
     
  2. GastonD

    GastonD

    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Scott Hubbell's "Fretboard Alchemy" might be just right thing for you. He covers the scales and arpeggios on extended range basses in it, as well as some of the ways to reinforce them under your fingers. On bassbooks.com it is available in print and in electronic format.

    However, if you are looking for something beyond reference, as in deeper and more serious treatise on the subject (and a few others) I would recommend either Tony Grey's "Bass Academy" book (w/ DVD at that), or Joel DiBartolo's "Serious Electric Bass".
     
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  3. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    Those look pretty cool. I will check them out.
     
  4. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Scales are the same notes regardless of how many strings you have.
    Do the homework and figure out how to extend them. It will be a good learning process for you.
     
  5. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    I liked this one: 6-String Bassics
    I still have the older edition of this with the CD.
     
  6. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Earth
    @socialleper Get a neck diagram and write out all the modes.

    Things you will learn:
    1. Ionian scale on a 4 string at the 5th fret of the A string is a
    2. Myxolidian scale starting on a 5 fret of the E string is a
    3. Dorian scale starting on the 5th fret of the B string
    Once you understand the relationship of all the intervals, you will find that all the modes just fall under your fingers without really thinking about it.

    I leave the rest for you to map out :)
     
  7. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I'm looking for quick references to have on me for writing sessions.
     
  8. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Earth
    It's a quick learn actually... I sat down with Anthony Wellington and he taught me all the modes on 4-5-and 6 string instruments in about 20 minutes...

    He does the same in this presentation...

     
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