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Most important scales to learn first

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ToStogyDX, Jul 24, 2001.

  1. Hmm I bought myself a scales book. Which ones do you suggest I start out with? Thanks
  2. Well, in most 'civilized' parts of the world, one starts at the beginning of a book and works his way toward the end. Just a thought though. :D
  3. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Start with the Major scale and then learn all 12 keys.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    And learn how chords are related to scales and vice versa.

    Bass lines rarely consist of linear scale parts, but usually outline chord changes, e.g. walking bass. You need to know how chord changes are build, e.g. II-V-I and how play over them.
  5. The major and minor pentatonic scales are also good scales to become familiar with.
  6. danqi


    May 21, 2001
    I would like to learn that, too. Do you know some good (internet) ressources that cover stuff like that? I have found a lot of bass-instruction sites, partly through advice by other talkbass members, but they all concentrate on stuff like listing all kinds of scales and showing playing excercises. I still could not figure out what scales are for, why they are the way they are and how they are related to chords.


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