scale book

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jimclark68, May 22, 2001.

  1. jimclark68


    Dec 16, 2000
    Morganton, NC
    I would like to find a good reference book for scales and arpeggios. Anyone out there have a good suggestion?
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    There are many. I'll give you four excelent ones.

    "Scales and Modes for Bass Guitar," Steve Hall and Ron Manus. Alfred Publishing, $6.95, 48 pages.

    Has tab, standard notation and dot diagrams. Also has riffs demonstrating the use of each scale and mode.

    "The Gig Bag Book of Bass Scales." Joe DIneen and Mark Bridges, AMsco Pub., $11.95, 175 pages. Spiral bound.

    Has tab, standard, dots and riffs of "180 essentail scales for all bassists." Handy compact format.

    "The Bass Grimoire Complete", Adam Kadmon, Carl Fischer Pub., $17.95, 141 pages.

    No tabs. Has dots and keyboard comparisons. Extremely detailed. Almost architectural.

    "Mel Bay's Complete Jazz Bass Book," Earl Gately, Mel Bay, 132 pages, $19.95

    No tab or dots. Much more complete in terms of theory. Teaches reading, scales, arpeggios, modes, chord progressions, fretboard positions, rhythms, etc. A total course, not just scales and arpeggios. Don't let the word "jazz" scare you. This book will teach you what you need to know regardless of the style you will be playing.

    Check this web site. Also many of these books are available in music stores and book stores like Barnes and Noble or Borders.